Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Author Talk Series: Toni Leland


The library is proud to host author Toni Leland as the first in our 2009-2010 Author Talk Series. The talk will be held in the library at 3:30 on Thursday, September 17. Refreshments will be provided.

Toni Leland has been writing for over 20 years. She has published four equestrian novels and two juvenile chapter books. Her short stories have appeared in “Arabella” Romance Magazine, “True Story”, “Bylines Writer's Calendar”, “From the Heart” anthologies, and “Horse Tales for the Soul”, as well as several newsletters for writers’ groups.

Toni writes a biweekly newspaper column on gardening as a spokesman for the Ohio State University Master Gardener program in Muskingum County, Ohio, pens articles for international gardening site, Dave's Garden (davesgarden.com), and writes feature articles for “Grit” magazine (grit.com), “Over the Back Fence” regional magazine, and Romance Writers of America's trade publication, “Romance Writers Report”.

In her day job as an editor, she assists authors with manuscripts and publishing, as well as scripting and producing educational DVDs about caring for Miniature Horses and writing and editing books about this unique height breed.

Toni lives with her husband in southeastern Ohio.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Black and White: Student Drawing and Photography - Thursday at 2:30 p.m.


Associate Professor of Art John Sun and his students will discuss their fall semester art exhibition being hosted in Library. Please join us Thursday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m. to view the art and talk to the student artists. Light refreshments will be served.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

An American Family in World War II on March 26 at 7 p.m.

The Library is sponsoring a reader's theater performance on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the large auditorium (room 343) of Boyd Science Center. This event is free and open to the public. Excerpts from the book An American Family in World War II, edited by Ralph L. Minker, Dr. Sandra O'Connell and Dr. Harry A. Butowksy will be read. Dr. O'Connell (class of 1962) will perform in the reader's theater along with members of the College community.

The book is a collection of more than 800 letters which tell the story of Ralph "Lee" Minker's war time service and that of his family as they watched and waited from a continent away. Lee's letters describe the rigors of pilot training in the U.S. Army Air Corps, culminating with the "Flying Fortress" that he would fly in combat. As part of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, the Minker crew flew its aircraft, The Blue Hen Chick, in a total of 37 combat missions during the air war over Nazi Germany.

Copies of An American Family in World War II are currently available for purchase at the campus bookstore. Additional information about the book and Dr. O'Connell can be obtained by visiting the web site An American Family in World War II.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Author Talk this Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Our first Author Talk of the semester will be this Thursday, February 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the library. Please join us to learn more about the film-making and writing of Dr. Steve McGuire.

Steve McGuire has created a film on the topic of Costa Rica: Sixty Years, No Army. Costa Rica abolished its military in 1948. The military has stayed abolished since then, despite several attacks based in northern neighbor Nicaragua. How can a country exist without an army? Dr. McGuire will show the film he made about the process and discuss the differences between writing a sociological article and making a sociological film about the same topic.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

November Author Talk Canceled

The Author Talk scheduled for November 15 has been canceled. Stay tuned to this feed for more information about our Spring Semester Author Talks.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Author Talk this Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Our second author talk will be held this Thursday, October 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library. Please join us to learn more about the writing and publishing experiences of Associate Professor of English Dr. Richard Williamson and Professor of English Dr. Donna Edsall.

Dr. Williamson is the author of The Impact of Franklin Pierce on Nathaniel Hawthorne: Friendship, Politics, and the Literary Imagination, which explores the friendship between the U.S. President Franklin Pierce and author Nathaniel Hawthorne and the ways in which this relationship influenced several of Hawthorne's writings. The book traces the friendship from their years at Bowdoin College in the 1820s to Hawthorne’s death in 1864. The book also provides a study of the influence of Hawthorne’s political views on some of his works.

Dr. Edsall is the author of the play Making Sausage, which follows Murray and Ollie as they help a television executive envision the action of a prime-time television show that would depict the classic story of “Le Cid.” The play is set in present day with periodic time shifts to the 17th century.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Did you miss the April Author Talk?

Don't worry, you can still listen to our guest authors who shared their writing experiences on April 19.

Dr. Bil Kerrigan, Meredith Bowman, and Alicia Seng discuss their experiences researching the history of the creation of Salt Fork State Park. Meredith and Alicia were Muskie Fellows during the summer of 2006 and spent a lot of time in the field collecting photographs and oral histories. Their discussion is 28 minutes in length.

Gary Williams discusses his experience as a self publisher and talk about his latest book, Historic Tours of Ohio. Gary also shares anecdotes about the research and writing of his earlier books: Spies, Scoundrels and Rogues of the Ohio Frontier, Gliding to a Better Place: Profiles From Ohio's Territorial Era, and The Forts of Ohio: A Guide to Military Stockades. Gary's talk is 26 minutes in length.

As always, you can use iTunes to subscribe to the Library's podcast feed and automatically receive audio from future library events on your desktop and/or iPod.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

April 19 Author Talk Will Focus on Ohio History

The last Author Talk of the 2006-2007 academic year will begin on Thursday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library.

Caldwell resident Gary Williams, will share his experience researching and writing Historic Tours of Ohio. Gary has written and self published three other books on Ohio history.

Dr. Bil Kerrigan, Associate Professor of History, and students Alicia Seng and Meredith Bowman will share their experiences researching and writing Cambridge and Salt Fork State Park. Both books are part of the Images of America series.

You will have an opportunity to ask the authors questions. Light refreshments will be served. Contact the library at 740-826-8152 if you have questions.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Author Talk this Thursday at 3 p.m.

You are invited to come to the Library and learn from our three guest authors about their writing and publishing experiences. Please join us on Thursday, March 15 to hear Henry Burke, Merry Vargo, and Olga Kurtz speak about their books.

Henry, originally scheduled for our February Author Talk, will speak about his book Washington County Underground Railroad, part of the Arcadia Images of America series. Merry will talk about her mystery novel, Murder at St. Martha's. Olga Kurtz will discuss her historical novel set during the Russian Revolution of 1917, Crazy Spider: The Story of People Caught in the Web of Revolution.

The Author Talk will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual. Our first author will begin speaking at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.


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Monday, February 12, 2007

Henry Burke to Speak on Thursday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Henry Burke of Marietta will be our guest speaker for the February Author Talk. Mr. Burke will discuss his book Washington County Underground Railroad, part of the Arcadia Images of America series. In addition to writing books, Mr. Burke works as a freelance writer for the Marietta Register and Ohio Magazine. The author talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. and be held on the first floor of the Library.

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