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Novelists Sally Keehn and Jordan Sonnenblick to Speak at Reeves Library

Bethlehem, Pa., February 19, 2007—The Friends of Reeves Library at Moravian College will sponsor a special evening with acclaimed novelists Sally Keehn and Jordan Sonnenblick on Monday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium at Moravian College. The authors, whose literary efforts are for an adolescent audience, will share their views and discuss censorship and testing. The program is free and the public is welcome. The talk will be of great interest to intermediate grade, middle school, and high school teachers, and librarians. Students and the general public will find the evening’s discussion informative and fascinating as the two novelists exchange thoughts on the effects of censorship to the larger community.  A book signing by the authors will follow the program.  Teachers may attain Act 48 credit if desired.

Keehn will talk about her new release “Magpie Gabbard and the Quest for the Buried Moon.” She is a first-hand expert on censorship, having experienced many challenges to her first novel, “I Am Regina.” Jordan is the national spokesman for a national anti-censorship group called AS IF (Authors Support Intellectual Freedom).  He is a middle-school literature teacher and is acutely aware of the effects of testing and censorship on students’ reading.

Keehan is a Maryland native who moved to eastern Pennsylvania, and with her husband David, wrote a travel book on the Pennsylvania Dutch country. As a result of that research, two stories lingered in her mind until she finally penned the historical novels, “I Am Regina” and “Moon of Two Dark Horses.”  She also authored “The First Horse I See,” which is a contemporary novel based loosely on her own life, and the Civil War adventure, “Anna Sunday.”  She recently completed an Appalachian Folk Fantasy titled “Gnat Stokes and the Foggy Bottom Swamp Queen.”  Keenan observes that “I love the journey the writing takes me on.  I make such interesting discoveries about myself and the world. I encourage everyone to read and write.  There’s a beautiful and intriguing world to be discovered – both inside and out.”

Sonneblick has taught middle school English for over a decade.  He conducts author visits with group assemblies to discuss the students’ lives, dreams, and goals, along with a plan for achieving them; why students should pay attention in each English class (math also!); the story inspiration for his books; and to share what he has learned to become a happy grown-up. He offers small-group writing workshops for students to analyze writing styles of favorite authors, and then to use those style tricks to write about themselves. He is the author of the young adult novel “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie”, and “Notes from the Midnight Driver”, which is about drunk driving, lawn gnomes, divorced parents, a unique old man, and a beautiful girl with deadly hobbies. Sonneblick lives in Bethlehem, Pa. with his wife and children and “lots of drums and guitars in his basement.”

The Friends of Reeves Library is a group of individuals who have three main functions: to provide funds for enhancing the collections and services of the library, to support special projects and programs which will make the Library’s resources better known both on and off campus, and to sponsor lectures, receptions, and openings throughout the year for members and others. The Friends of Reeves Library welcome as members all those who share an interest in supporting the library. For more information on the talk or to inquire about membership in Friends of Reeves Library, call 610 861-1540 or email berkr@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.