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Free Evening with Authors Pensoneau and Guillory
September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Two prominent, local authors will read from their newest books followed by a question and answer period. Those interested in becoming a writer themselves are especially invited to come to this free program along with anyone interested in the authors and topics.
Taylor Pensoneau of New Berlin has self-published Falling Star, a fiction sequel to his first novel, The Summer of ’50, about political corruption, illegal gambling and murder. In the first work, the unraveling of it all fell to a crack investigative newspaper reporter. In Falling Star,the reporter finds some of the same characters still in play as he tracks a fading Hollywood actress with secrets threatening to cripple the campaign for President by an Illinois governor.
Pensoneau’s fiction reflects on his youth in southern Illinois, his knowledge of the coal industry and his life as a reporter and Illinois Statehouse bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Previously Pensoneau has primarily been known for his best-selling biographical works on Prohibition gangsters and political leaders. He will talk about writing non-fiction and fiction.
Dan Guillory, from Shelby County, has written ten books. He is a professor emeritus at Millikin University in Decatur. At this event, he will read poems from his latest book, The Prairie: Then and Now, which also features illustrations by his wife, Leslie Guillory. The poems focus on new residents and visitors who first experienced a raw prairie, full of grasses and wildflowers, as well as contemporary activities in the prairie ranging from a neighbor who leaves gifts from his garden to a poem about the harvest moon. In his introduction to this book, the author discusses inspiration, the slow but steady “arrival” of his poems, and collaborating with a publisher. He will explain his use of both prose and poetry in this new book. Well-known for his readings, Dan Guillory has offered poetry readings at more than 200 locations in Illinois.
Thea Chesley, president of the Springfield Poets and Writers group, has been active herself as a writer and poet for many years. She will moderate the Q&A session following the readings.