One of my early favorite books was Tarheel Ghosts by John Harden, a collection of ghost stories set throughout the state. It was a well-worn book, something all the kids read so we could scare one another during campouts and sleepovers. Plus we all had family tales of hiding out near the train tracks in Brunswick County late at night to see The Maco Light. I’ll never forget the thrill of arriving at Thalian Hall one Saturday to learn Harden, the “Ghost Hunter,” had been there only moments earlier discussing his book. From that moment on, I was convinced the library was haunted. In a good way, of course.
Now it’s mumble-mumble years later, and it’s my turn to go to the library and talk about my work. Here are the details:
Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way
November 19th at 6:30
Somehow I doubt my presence will dazzle any seven-year-olds, but I expect to meet lots of people for whom public libraries hold a special place in their memories. I can’t imagine a life without books, but that’s very likely the life I’d have had without Thalian Hall.