Free Book Talks

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May 20, 2018 - Rescheduled to July 1, 2018
1:30 p.m; Free

Book Talk with Richard E. Quest on his book "I Held Lincoln: A Union Sailor's Journey Home.
Review
“Gleaned from the actual documents of Lt. Benjamin Loring, I Held Lincoln tells the story of a Union sailor’s remarkable odyssey as he twice escapes from a Confederate prison, only to later find himself a player at Ford’s Theater at one of the most crucial events in American history. Richard Quest brings to life this extraordinary, fast-paced, and recently discovered story. I Held Lincoln could be The Conspirator’s prequel.”—Webster Stone, producer of The Conspirator (Webster Stone 2017-09-16)

“A compelling account of capture, imprisonment, escape, ordeal, and survival, I Held Lincoln reads like quality fiction. The reader follows with intense interest the efforts of Union Navy lieutenant Benjamin W. Loring to gain freedom from a Texas prison camp despite an array of daunting obstacles. Richard Quest’s ability to maintain the inherent drama and suspense of the story makes this book hard to put down.”—Edward G. Longacre, author of The Sharpshooters: A History of the Ninth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War (Edward G. Longacre 2017-09-16)

About the Author
Richard E. Quest is the founding president and executive director of the charitable nonprofit organization Books in Homes USA, Inc. He is a former history teacher, has held administrative positions in public education, and was a dean and associate vice president of several colleges. Quest is a member of the Loudoun County Civil War Round Table and is a guide at the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Virginia. He recently relocated to northern Virginia.

July 8, 2018
The Story Train; 1:30 p.m; Free

Get on the train and journey through a world of books aimed at younger readers (ranging in ages Preschool through ten). Listen to stories, visit with children’s book authors and illustrators, and enjoy special family activities.  Featured book is Bumble Bee Patch with Author Angela O. Bryce.

July 15, 2018
1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Janet Croon on the book The War Outside My Window, The Civil War Diary of Leroy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865.

About the Book

The War Outside My Window, edited and annotated by Janet Croon with helpful footnotes and a detailed family biographical chart, captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body slowly failed him. Just as Anne Frank has come down to us as the adolescent voice of World War II, LeRoy Gresham will now be remembered as the young voice of the Civil War South.

About the Author

Janet Croon has recently retired from teaching advanced high school history in Fairfax County, Virginia. Originally from the Chicago area, she has lived in several places, including Dayton, OH, Albuquerque, NM, and Wiesbaden, Germany before eventually ending up in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

She holds degrees from the University of Illinois (BA ‘83) in Political Science, Modern European History, and Russian Language and Area Studies and the University of Dayton (MA ‘85) in International Relations.

August 5, 2018
A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virginia; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Laura A. Macaluso on the book A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virignia.

Laura A. Macaluso demonstrates the many facets of the man, the scholar and the statesman in this guide to the Virginia he loved. Laura Macaluso, Ph.D., holds degrees in art history and the humanities from Southern Connecticut State University, Syracuse University in Italy and Salve Regina University.

August 12, 2018
The Story Train; 1:30 p.m; Free

Get on the train and journey through a world of books aimed at younger readers (ranging in ages Preschool through ten). Listen to stories, visit with children’s book authors and illustrators, and enjoy special family activities.  Featured book is All Aboard for Manassas! A Dog's Tale of Adventure with Author Kristen Henneke and Illustrator Nancy Mitchell.