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Jo Ellen Capps’ Book Was Featured at NYLA 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show

Jo Ellen Capps captivates readers with her book that draws attention to injustice.

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“I enjoyed the storyline of this book. I could identify with some of the problems of the staff and residents in a mental health facility.” – Deborah, Amazon customer.

ReadersMagnet displayed the fascinating fiction book “Laughter at Dawn” by Jo Ellen Capps at the New York Library Association 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show on November 3 - 4, 2022, at Saratoga Springs City Center at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

“Laughter at Dawn” tells a story about Abigail (Abby) Thornton, a young woman with an intellectual disability and untreated mental illness. Abby is abused in each of her foster homes before she finally ends up at Greenway Developmental Center. While Belle Farthing, the center’s director, spends every waking moment attempting to get rid of Abby, Abby’s hallucinations at Greenway force her to injure herself and others.

This story focuses on the wrongs done to Abby, the political maneuvering and power battles among the staff, the sexual misconduct among the employees, and the few staff members who show any sympathy for her.

Jo Ellen Capps wrote this book based on her 37 years of experience as a social worker in the area of mental health. Many of her other publications feature her expertise in the treatment of mental diseases.

Join the wonderful experience of reading “Laughter at Dawn” by Jo Ellen Capps, and get a copy on Amazon. Also, check out her website at

“Laughter at Dawn”
Author | Jo Ellen Capps
Genre | Fiction
Publisher | Black Rose Writing
Published Date | September 26, 2013

Jo Ellen Capps Layne was born in Lynchburg, VA, and graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She has two adult children and one granddaughter. She continues to reside in Lynchburg, VA, with her husband.

Jo Ellen is the author of the novel “Laughter at Dawn” as well as a short story, Seasons, and the article American Family. She based this novel on her 37 years of experience in the mental health field as a social worker, and she has drawn on her knowledge of psychological disorders as a basis for her creative works. Her short story, Seasons, about a long-distance relationship, was placed in an international literary competition in 1988. She also published American Family in Woman’s World, about her personal experience of placing her mother in a nursing home.

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