More authors announced by PCPL

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- The Putnam County Public Library is offering patrons the chance to travel through time during Festival of the Book from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Storyteller Stephanie Holman will be capturing the audience with her program "Ghost Stories and Tales of the Supernatural." Holman has been traveling the state with her ghost tales of the supernatural for the past 20 years.

Travel through her mixture of old folktales and modern stories for children, teens and adults. Some of Holman's stories feature a spooky atmosphere, while others give gory details and eerie settings.

She will be telling the story of "Boohag," a witch from the Carolinas who pretends to be a human. She will also be reading from "Raw Head and Bloody Bones and "Golden Arm."

The program includes urban legends with some humor added to help ease the tension. But it is not for the faint of heart.

Join Holman at the "campfire" in the parking lot of the library. It is suggested a lawn chair be brought to the campfire.

Take a trip through the past 700 years of university life with historical romance writer Blythe Gifford. She will present her program "Fourteenth Century Frat Boys and Other Discoveries: What Has and Hasn't Changed in University Life in 700 years."

Gifford is 1971 graduate of DePauw University. After many years in marketing, advertising and public relations, she retuned to what she called her "first love," writing historical romance.

"Now, my heroes and heroines grapple with work, love and the meaning of life and always find the right answers," she said.

Harlequin Historicals released her debut novel, "The Knave and The Maiden," in January 2004. Her second book, "The Harlot's Daughter," was published in October 2007.

Associate professor of English at DePauw University and chair of the department Deborah Geis has edited a definitive collection of essays, "Considering Maus: Approaches to Art Spiegelman's 'Survivor's Tale' of the Holocaust," which she uses in her classroom to teach about the Holocuast.

She will be presenting her program "Holocaust Time Travels: Art Spiegelman's Graphic (Auto)biography MAUS."

Become a time traveler through fiction and non-fiction with authors, historians and storytellers Saturday during Festival of the Book. The Greencastle NAACP, Banner Graphic, First National Bank, Friends of the Library, Greencastle League of Women Voters, North Salem State Bank and Putnam County Museum are sponsoring the time traveling event.

Read more about other events during Festival of the Book in Thursday's edition of the Banner Graphic.

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