The Friends of Handley Regional Library presents Author’s Forum 2013 Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The Friends’ premiere event will be held at Handley Library in downtown Winchester. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a discussion by the panel members of their recently published books. These brief presentations will be followed by questions from the audience. This year’s forum truly has something for every reader.
Roger Engle, Stories from a Small Town: Remembering My Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia
Edward Lerner, Energized
Pat Ritchie, Handley Regional Library: The First One Hundred Years
Bob O’Connor, The Return of Catesby
Veerle Foreman, Moderator
Roger Engle spent the first 21 years of his life in the small town of Hedgesville. After graduating from college, he taught at South Hagerstown High School, in Maryland for 30 years. After retiring, Roger has been active in Martinsburg and currently serves as president of the board of directors for Martinsburg/Berkeley County Parks and Recreation. He spends his leisure time gardening, traveling and eating lots of barbecue as a certified judge of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and of course, writing.
About the Book: Stories from a Small Town: Remembering My Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia follows the author on a mental journey throughout his hometown, and in doing so, rediscovered his childhood around every corner. With tenderness and grit, he reveals both the challenges and the opportunities of growing up in a working-class family during self-sufficient times. These stories take place between the years 1948 and 1964 and meander at a pace governed by the whimsy of a child.
Edward Lerner has been a full-time author since 2004 and has had 15 books published. Before turning to writing, he worked in several computer engineering jobs, including seven years as a NASA contractor. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois and earned a master’s degree in marketing and statistics from the University of Chicago.
About the Book: Energized is an energy-crisis thriller. Publisher’s Weekly calls is “A taut near-future thriller about an energy-starved Earth held hostage by a power-mad international cartel…..Lerner’s vision of the future is both topical and possible in this crisp, fast-paced hard SF adventure.”
Pat Ritchie is the Executive Assistant to the Director of Handley Regional Library. She is the author of 10 other books on local history and genealogy. She is past-president of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Historical Society.
About the Book: Handley Regional Library: The First Hundred Years tells the story of the 100 years since The Handley Library opened in August 1913. In a century of service, the library has evolved and grown and been transformed into a present-day regional community resource. The book also has over 375 photographs.
Bob O’Connor has published 9 books, 5 historical fiction accounts and 4 non-fiction, with all but one being about the Civil War. He was born in Dixon, Illinois and graduated from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Charles Town, West Virginia where he retired to after 30 years in the tourism industry.
About the Book: The Return of Catesby is the account of a real Charlestown, VA (now Charles Town) slave who returns after the war to become a teacher at Storer College in Harpers Ferry. Storer established in 1867 to educate newly freed blacks to become teachers. The college operated until the Supreme Court Case, Brown vs. Board of Education ruled on school integration in 1955. .
The moderator for this event is Veerle Foreman. Mrs. Foreman is a retired teacher, former member of the Handley Regional Library Board of Directors and avid reader.
This year’s forum offers something for every reader. A reception and book signing will follow the program. This event is free and open to the public.