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Monday, March 14, 2011

One Book Bradford
Murders in Our Valley

By SANDRA RHODES

\Murders of the past and how they are solved now will be the topic of the next One Book Bradford event.

One Book Bradford — Murders in Our Valley — is a two-part event set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the community room at the Bradford Area Public Library.

A representative from the McKean County Historical Society will give a presentation on local murders titled Tales of Murders in the Bradford Area.

Dr. Tony Gaskew, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will talk of Insights to Modern Day Sleuthing Techniques, drawing inspiration from “Still Life.”

Gaskew gave a preview of his presentation on today's LiveLine at 12:35 on 1490 WESB. Listen here.

“Still Life” by Louise Penny of Quebec, Canada, was chosen for this year’s One Book Bradford season. In its fourth year, One Book Bradford is a community-wide reading initiative in which a book is picked and the community is encouraged to read it. Several activities are held throughout the season, including a visit from the author.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Bradford Area Public Library.

Another One Book Bradford event will be a “tea-vent” to remember.

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, the OBB committee will host a Three Pines Mystery Tea at the First Presbyterian Church.

Enticing murder mystery conversation will be served along with an array of sweet and savory refreshments.

Tickets will be $10 a piece and will be available for purchase in advance at Grandma’s House Teas & Gifts on Congress Street.

As with each One Book Bradford season, the culminating event will be a visit by Penny at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Penny will give a talk – “Three Pines” and Beyond” - and will be available for a book signing. Refreshments will follow. Admission to the author visit is free.

“Still Life” is the first book in Penny’s Three Pines Trilogy.

This year, the committee also wanted to challenge the readers and encourage them to read each book in the Three Pines Trilogy, which include “A Fatal Grace” and The Cruelest Month.”

Penny is an award-winning author, who recently won the Anthony Award for Best Crime Novel for “The Brutal Telling.” The Anthony Awards honor the best in mystery writing. The book also won the Agatha Award for Best Crime Novel. This is the third year in a row Penny won, the first time an author has won three years in a row.

The American Library Association named “Bury Your Dead” the Best Mystery of 2010.

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