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Author of young adult novels will be in Wakeman, Willard

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 17, 2018 at 4:56 PM

WILLARD — Oct. 7 to 13 is Teen Read Week for 2018.

In celebration of this week, Mindy McGinnis will visit the Willard and Wakeman locations of the Huron County Community Library.

McGinnis, an Ohio writer of young adult novels who has worked in a high school library for 13 years, is a “Choose to Read Ohio Pick” author.

At 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10, come to the Wakeman library, where McGinnis will share the environmental research behind her post -apocalyptic survival story “Not a Drop to Drink.” Her debut story was published in 2013 and is set in a world with very little fresh water. It has been optioned for a movie by Stephanie Myer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, “In a Handful of Dust,” was published in 2014.

Then at 6 p.m. Oct. 11, McGinnis will be at the Willard Memorial Library to share the research behind her Edgar Award-winning Gothic historical thriller, “A Madness so Discreet.” Learn about how doctors treated brain injuries in the 1890s and the different aspects of care for the mentally ill — for better or worse. A brief history of the Athens Lunatic Asylum, which is the setting for the novel, will be included in the presentation. Books will be available to purchase at both library locations.

These programs are made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972 the council has provided leadership, resources and financial support for the humanities in Ohio. Humanities programs take various forms, such as book discussions, public lectures, historical portrayals, touring exhibits, radio series and forums. The Ohio Humanities Council produces and supports programs in every region of the state. In urban and rural areas, humanities programs take place in libraries, museums, theaters, classrooms, senior centers and other community locations.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program don’t represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities necessarily.

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