Area native to read, autograph recent novel

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Although he is a native of Forkland, writer Marlin Barton will visit Demopolis’ Bluff Hall tomorrow and he will bring his most recent novel, “Dancing by the River.”

At noon Barton will take a break from teaching creative writing at Mt. Meigs to join readers for an afternoon of stories, both fictional and based on a true story.

“He has visited us before with his previous books and we definitely wanted him to come back,” Demopolis Public Library director Lindsy Gardner said. “He will read from his book and has a really interesting job teaching at Mt. Meigs, so he will talk a little about that. I’ve always enjoyed hearing about his students.”

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Barton’s latest book follows other works such as “A Broken Thing,” and “The Dry Well,” and they all remind West Alabama natives of their homes, Gardner said.

“Dancing by the River” is a collection of stories based on life in a small community, and life in a southern family.

“I think his books always have a lot of references to Marengo and Greene counties even though it’s not by name,” she said, “His books always mentions things that would resonate with people from here.”

The Demopolis Public Library and the Marengo County Historical Society are responsible for bringing the award-winning author to Demopolis. If you do not have a copy of Barton’s book, they are all currently for sale at the Canebreak Craft Corner.

Please call the Marengo County Historical Society at 289-9644 or the Demopolis Public Library at 289-1595 for more information.