The greater Spokane area lost an avid supporter of local writers recently when author John Heffernan passed away on Thursday, March 7. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 12.
Heffernan was the author of "Not One Drop of Blood: The Human Side of Prison Versus Probation", a memoir chronicling his experiences supervising prisoners, probationers and inmates on work release in the Spokane area from the late Seventies to 1993.
He was also the creator of Spokane Book Report, a series showcasing local authors and book publishing experts that airs on Community Minded Television (CMTV). After two years of development, he and his son Kelly produced the first episode on February 15, 2012.
The premiere episode, featuring local mystery author T. Dawn Richard, debuted on May 15, 2012. The series still broadcasts regularly on Comcast channel 14.
Heffernan was also an active member of Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services for local writers and anyone else interested in self-publishing.
In an email, Russ Davis of Gray Dog Press explained how friends and family can pay their respects.
According to Davis, "A Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 4515 North Alberta. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. with visitation before the services. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7200 North Wall, at 3 p.m.
"John’s book, Not One Drop of Blood, was one of the first books we published. During the time we have worked with him he championed our cause and was very helpful and instrumental in getting a number of authors taped at Auntie’s Bookstore and a number of other venues. These films can be seen on a fairly regular basis on the community television channel here in Spokane."