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Book Signing with Novelist Joyce Hinnefeld at Moravian Book Shop

Joyce HinnefeldBethlehem, Pa., May 8, 2012—Joyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of English at Moravian College, will host a celebration and book signing for the paperback release of her second novel, Stranger Here Below, at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Friday, June 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Hinnefeld’s novels have become staples of local book groups, with whom she has joined in discussions during her book promotions. The launch of the paperback version of Stranger Here Below provides the perfect opportunity for her to join book club members, family and friends in celebration of its release. Hinnefeld also plans to share a list of favorite titles by other writers as book group recommendations--including books by other Lehigh Valley area writers, some of whom will be attending the celebration.

Stranger Here Below spans nearly 100 years in the lives of three generations of women in Kentucky. The main characters are strong women and non-traditional, according to the mores of their times, and the story chronicles the shifting politics of race and gender within the details of their lives.

In 1961, when Mary Elizabeth and Maze meet at Berea College in Kentucky, they begin a friendship that will survive despite the many obstacles life throws in their way. Maze, a happy-go-lucky girl from Appalachia, yearns to define her life for herself, avoiding the negative patterns set by her mother and grandmother. Mary Elizabeth is a young black woman with a gift for music, who struggles to live up to her family’s expectations and escape the cloud of her mother’s depression. Their relationship is but one facet of this engaging novel that spans the decades from Civil War Reconstruction into the era of the Vietnam War.

Paperback copies of both Stranger Here Below and In Hovering Flight will be available for purchase and signing at the event, as will copies of works by other Lehigh Valley area writers. Moravian Book Shop is located in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa. For information contact: Joyce Hinnefeld (610-954-5167; jhinnefeld@verizon.net.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.