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Two Renowned Authors to Visit Main Library


Massanutten Regional Main Library has scheduled appearances by two locally renowned authors for November.

Noted cookbook author and mystery writer Mollie Cox Bryan will be on hand Monday, Nov. 4th, 1 PM, to discuss her new mystery series.  Bryan has written such mysteries as Death of an Irish Diva, Scrapbook of Secrets, and Scrapped. 

The  MRL adult program, dubbed “A Little Mystery, A Little Talk, A Little Pie,”  will feature not only the acclaimed Cumberland Creek series writer, but pies from O’Charley’s Restaurant  in honor of Bryan’s two cookbooks:  Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook:  A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley. 

An award-winning journalist and poet, the Waynesboro resident is also a contributing columnist to The Staunton News Leader.  Bryan is also the author of an anthology of essays, Honey, I’m Sorry I Killed Your Aquasaurs (and other short essays on the parenting life), and Unsilenced:  The Spirit of Women, an anthology of poems, essays, and short stories from such notable contributors as Rita Dove and Maya Angelou. 

Dean King, renowned American author of narrative non-fiction on adventure, historical, and maritime subjects, will speak at the Main Library on Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7 PM.

Author of such notorious works as Skeletons on the Zahara, The Feud:  The Hatfields & McCoys:  The True Story; Patrick OBrian:  A Life Revealed; and Unbound:  a True Story of War, Love, and Survival, King hails from Richmond.  His biography on Patrick O’Brian was excerpted in four full pages in the London Daily Telegraph and revealed that O’Brian was not of Irish origin, as O’Brian claimed, and that O’Brian had changed his name. 

King, a Richmond citizen, was instrumental in the founding of the non-profit James River Writers, which promotes and encourages local authors.  King also serves on the board of the Library of Virginia Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  He is a founder and co-chair of the Virginia Literary Festival, a week-long, multi-organizational celebration of reading and authors in Virginia.
Business co-sponsor of the Dean King visit to Massanutten Regional Main Library and the Shenandoah Valley is the Historic Stonewall Jackson Inn. 

The author talks are free and open to the public. 

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