Two local authors, Cheryl Leutjen of Eagle Rock, and her writing coach, Dr. Davina Kotulski of South Pasadena, were recently awarded a Silver Nautilus Book Award for their respective books. Nautilus Book Awards recognize outstanding books that promote conscious living & green values, spiritual growth, wellness & vitality, and positive social change.
Dr. Kotulski, a five-time author and two-time Nautilus award winner, won the award for It’s Never Too Late To Be Yourself, a spiritual/psychological self-help book. Kotulski facilitates writing workshops, one of which inspired author Cheryl Leutjen to write and publish her first book, Love Earth Now.
Kotulski and Leutjen feel astonished to win the same prestigious award in the same year. “I never dreamed, in that first workshop I took with Davina, that one day we would be cocelebrating our respective book awards,” Leutjen commented. The authors invite the public to join in celebrating this dual achievement at a reception to be held at Zweet Café at 4862 Eagle Rock Boulevard in Eagle Rock on May 19 from 3 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Kotulski is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker and life coach. She also authored Why You Should Give a Damn About Gay Marriage, Love Warriors, and Behind Barbed Eyes, winner of a Gold Nautilus Award. She created the How to Come Out Of the Closet and Into Your Power audio programs. As a respected leader in the LGBT equality movement, Davina Kotulski has appeared in dozens of documentaries, Newsweek magazine, USA Today, CNN, the San Francisco Chronicle, L.A. 2 Times, the Oregonian, and several other mainstream newspapers throughout the United States and Europe.
Author Cheryl Leutjen’s book of planetary self-help is a deeply thoughtful and sometimes comedic exploration of her own efforts to make an eco-contribution. Through personal observation, that she records in lyrical prose, Leutjen’s ode to our planet is one of the most distinctive ecological books to come along in a generation. She draws from her experience as a geologist, attorney, small business owner, spiritual practitioner and mother to write and speak about responding to the grave environmental challenges of our time with heart, hope, humor, and spiritual practice. She is a graduate of the USC Gould School of Law and serves on the Board of Directors of the North East Trees, a local non-profit.