John A McCabe at Bucks County Community College – April 20, 2023 12:30PM

  • Hear about John’s transformative journey to become an Author
  • Learn how Bucks helped him establish his literary foundation  
  • Explore some of the Author’s stories and their origination
  • Listen to John’s “Steps to Become An Author”
  • Ask about his adventure … and yours!


John A McCabe, a lifelong writer in all genres, is an active member of the Writers Guild at the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center. As a child, John frequented his boyhood local library at The Ryerss Museum and Library in Philadelphia and became a voracious reader.  He knew he wanted to write, and eventually began taking courses at Bucks County Community College (“BCCC”), completing his studies there after 10 years and graduating in 1987.  Whilst at BCCC, Professor Robert Fraser encouraged John to write a story in the style of Flannery O’Connor and enter it into a BCCC contest.  The short story, “Sidewalk Sanctification” was awarded The Department of Language and Literature Prize for Excellence in 1982.  McCabe continued his visits to BCCC ever since, receiving guidance and encouragement from Professor Christopher Bursk (dec.), a Pew Fellow who taught at BCCC for years and published 17 books of Poetry.  Dr. Bursk listened to John’s story about being exposed to atomic bombs and urged him to tell his story.  He read an early version of The Girl In Japan and insisted that it get into print.  John credits his experiences at “Bucks” for his love of the written word and the stimulus for continuing and perfecting his writings.


Learn the back-story about the writing of this captivating novel. Explore the riveting details about the main characters, their exposure to nuclear bombs, survival and message for today’s world. Did you know that the U.S. Government secretly dropped bombs on Army Infantry personnel in the Nevada desert as recently as 1962? The long-term effects have been seen for generations, just like the impacts to Japanese citizens who survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Explore the creation of Danny Fisher, the Author’s award-winning journalist character. Originally written as a series of short stories, many originating whilst McCabe attended BCCC, the stories are bound together with clips of Fisher’s life, growing up in Philadelphia. The colourful characters and events amplify Danny’s experiences in a reflective fashion, relatable to people everywhere.

Event sponsored by the Language & Literature Department, Library Services, and Veterans Services. Bucks County Community College complies with applicable state and federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices.