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No Strange Fire public schedule announced

Laurinburg, N.C. – No Strange Fire author Ted Wojtasik will make two public appearances related to the St. Andrews Presbyterian College One Book, One Community series.

The first is a part of the St. Andrews Writers’ Forum on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Morris Morgan Theatre of the Morgan Liberal Arts Building at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

The second will be a book talk given on Tuesday, Oct. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Scotland County Memorial Library.

“The One Book, One Community program invites residents in Scotland County to join the St. Andrews community in a common reading each year,” said David Herr, coordinator for the One Book, One Community program at St. Andrews. “The hope is that this effort will foster a larger sense of community built around the intellectually stimulating activities of reading, writing and open discussion. We have also been able to bring the author to the public over the past several years to allow for direct interaction.”

Past One Book, One Community authors who came to Laurinburg include Ron Rash, Joseph Bathanti, Tim Tyson and Kaye Gibbons.

No Strange Fire focuses on the Nebraska Amish and a series of barn fires that result in the death of a young member of the community. Loosely based on historical events in 1992, Wojtasik lived among the Amish for several months to accurately portray the lives of the characters in the book.

Free copies of the novel were made available at the Scotland County Memorial Library on Sept. 6.

A Connecticut native, Wojtasik is a visiting instructor in English and creative writing at St. Andrews. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in 20th century American literature from the University of South Carolina. In addition to No Strange Fire, he has published two novels - Collage and Wild Animal Nation. His short stories have been included in numerous publications, including Cairn 45:The St. Andrews Review.

St. Andrews partnered with the Scotland County Memorial Library and the Scotland County Schools to help coordinate the 2010 One Book, One Community program.

For more information, please contact David Herr at herrdf@sapc.edu or 910-277-5232.

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