A fan of the Hill Library, she is also a prolific writer

Stan Cutler, a resident of Chestnut Hill for 22 years and a resident of Germantown for 20 years before that, is known by his many friends and neighbors as a strong supporter of the local library.

And two years ago, as an active volunteer for the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, she and others helped establish Hilltop Books, a community bookstore at 84 Bethlehem Pike.

He made this effort, he told Local, “to preserve the values ​​of Light from the dangers of digitized communication.”

A longtime teacher of students at Temple University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Cutler doesn’t just read books. He also likes to write them. Actually, eight in the last 14 years.

And now, two weeks before his 79th birthday, he is about to announce them. Cutler, like many others, makes his own books – which means he’s on his own when it comes to marketing. She said she gets support from Indiebound.com, an organization that supports independent bookstores, and also contacts book groups.

“Not only does writing take a lot of time, but promoting your books takes time,” he said. And you have to do social media.

His books include what he calls the “Boardwalk Trilogy: Low Light, The Subversive Detective and The Reluctant Spy.” Also what he calls “two cyber secrets, Phished and three percent Vote.”

“The Subversive Detective” is a historical espionage thriller in which Atlantic City police detective Dave Levitan investigates a murder committed in 1944 and uncovers a deep-seated Nazi spy and German raider group hoping to destroy America’s war. It’s an amazing plot that would make a great movie.

“Some of the characters were taken from my immigrant grandparents,” Cutler said. delicious with strudel and matzo balls.

Cutler said writing is a tricky thing that takes time.

He said: “Writing is a full-time job, which I approach as a multi-year project with milestones to achieve, such as completing chapters or an agent submission.” “I do at least 50 front page drafts for each book, and I work on several books at the same time. Each book has very different plots and very different villains. ”

Before becoming a full-time writer 14 years ago, Cutler worked as a history teacher, art dealer, college professor, vagabond, computer developer and finally a consultant. of management systems in Fortune 50 companies and government agencies. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Penn State University and a degree in computer systems technology from Spring Garden College.

Despite his transition to full-time writing, the Southwest Philadelphia native still finds time to teach American history, “using linguistics and media studies as a lens,” he said.

But recently, he has switched to teaching older students.

He said: “Finally, I got tired of listening to secondary school students give speeches. I endured 1,800 of them.”

Cutler began his career teaching social studies in Philadelphia public schools. After writing a dissertation on Malcolm X’s speech, he joined Penn State’s Department of Speech and Communication where he learned classroom management.

Cutler said: “I really like teaching by myself. “It’s a very good learning experience. Distance learning has a lot of disadvantages. I don’t like this new world at all, ethics. of ‘faster, better, cheaper’. Everyone is jumping on the technology bandwagon. Real communication doesn’t happen any better, faster and cheaper, especially in education.”

Cutler also had an amazing experience teaching teachers in Norway for one year. Norway had an influx of Pakistani and Indian students at the time, and it seems that many Norwegian teachers struggled with the culture clash and the language gap.

Cutler said: “It was a great celebration because I was single at the time, and I had a six-month course in Norwegian before I left the U.S. “The bottom line was that they have long winters, and it’s always cloudy… You can kill the sun a little bit.”

Cutler’s wife, Valerie, has been the talk of twenty gardens in the Chestnut Hill Local, and their daughter, Betsy, is a resident of Mt. Airy who works as a paralegal.

For more information about Cutler’s books or to order them, visit stanleycutler.com. Len Lear can be reached at lenlear@chestnuthillocal.com

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