The Friends of Handley Library will be hosting “Local Tales by Local Authors” at the Handley Regional Library on Wednesday, January 16th at 7pm. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include readings by authors Peter W. Schmitt and Larry Lamar Yates. After brief readings from their recently published books, there will be time for questions followed by book signings.
Peter W. Schmitt’s book, Gabriel’s Redemption, is a work of historical fiction inspired by a true local story. As a battlefield medic in World War II, Thomas Gabriel knows he could hold the life of any soldier in his army unit in his hands at any moment. When he learns the fate of Enoch Baker, an African-American man from Gabriel’s hometown, he is struck with guilt over another life he couldn’t save. Gabriel’s Redemption weaves together the stories of these two men and their fates in wartime combat setting and in the almost equally deadly setting of a small Virginia town in Jim Crow days.
Larry Lamar Yates’s book, The Scalawag Scholar’s Notes on Virginia, illuminates twenty-one frauds and fables in the history of Virginia. He finds a state that Thomas Jefferson would not recognize and Pocahontas and her people couldn’t have imagined. With a bibliography of over 250 sources, this book draws strength from a whole rainbow of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s values, traditions and humanity.