From the Harford County Public Library Foundation:
(Belcamp, Maryland – April 26, 2011) Cornelia Nixon, author of “Jarrettsville,” spoke to a sold out crowd at the Jarrettsville Branch of Harford County Public Library on April 15th. More than 260 attendees, including Jack Shagena and Henry Peden both local historical authors, gathered to hear a reading from her novel, winner of the 2010 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.
Based on a true story from the author’s family history, it accounts the story of Martha Jane Cairnes who shot and killed her fiancé Nicholas McComas in front of his Union cavalry militia at the end of the Civil War.
After Nixon’s presentation descendants of the Cairnes and McComas families posed for a group photo, and guests had an opportunity meet Nixon and have their books autographed.
The event was sponsored by McComas Funeral Home, the Jarrettsville Friends of Harford County Public Library, the Harford County Office of Economic Development, Richard and Susan Kinard, and Kay Dietz of Garceau Realty. Coffee and dessert were provided by Coffee Coffee and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli. Barnes and Noble provided on-site book sales.
A Night Out @ the Library is hosted annually by the Harford County Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of its services.
Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
For more information regarding the Harford County Public Library Foundation, current sponsorship opportunities, and upcoming events, please visit www.hcplonline.org or contact Amber C. Shrodes at 410-273-5601 x 2283.