DARTMOUTH — Five local authors will gather Sunday, Oct. 15, at UMass Dartmouth to discuss their works as the Claire T. Carney Library Associates presents "A Literary Afternoon."
The program will be held at the Carney Library's Grand Reading Room at 2 p.m. on the Old Westport Road campus. A question-and-answer session, book signing and light reception will follow the talks.
The following authors will be showcased:
• Michael Dyer is the senior maritime historian at New Bedford Whaling Museum. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history from York College of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies form Penn State Harrisburg. He studied at Mystic Seaport and was the inaugural Gallery Fellow at the Australia National Maritime Museum in 2008. From 1993-2001, he was curator and librarian at Kendal Whaling Museum in Salem, where his interest in whalemen’s original art began. He has contributed many scholarly articles to periodical publications. “O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of of the Yankee Whale Hunt" is Dyer’s first book.
• Sharon Leder is an associate professor emerita at SUNY-Nassau Community College. Leder’s academic background in literature, women’s studies and Jewish studies led her in the past to write books on Emily Dickinson, Christina Rosetti, Holocaust literature and women in academia. Her most recent book "Fix: A Father’s Secrets, A Daughter’s Search," was described by Sen. Dan Wolf as “a beautifully written and moving story” about “the heartbreak addiction brings to a family” and which ”touches us with despair while inspiring us to action.” The proceeds of the novel, based on Leder’s own family, are being donated to a fund devoted to the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.
• Ralph Hickok grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He majored in English at Harvard. He came to New Bedford in 1963 as the Sunday magazine editor for The Standard-Times. Ten years later, he became chief copywriter for the Southeastern Advertising Agency in New Bedford. He is a nationally recognized sports historian. His most recent book, "Vagabond Halfback: The Saga of Johnny Blood McNally," is a biography of a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is a member of the North American Society for Sports History and of the Pro Football Researchers Association, which honored him with the 2008 Ralph E. Hay award for lifetime achievement in pro-football research.
• John B. Cummings Jr., who will appear with Stefani Koorey, is a lifelong resident of Greater Fall River. He spent his early career as a bank vice president in the marketing department. He was recognized with advertising and copywriting awards for many years. He served as the chief professional officer of the United Way of Greater Fall River. In 2005, he wrote his first historical book about the story of the Greater Fall River Development Corporation, "From Little Acorns to Giant Oaks." His most recent book, "Murder, Manslaughter and Mayhem on the Southcoast, 1800-1969," was written with Stefani Koorey, a noted author of several books about Fall River history. More than 250 accounts are included in this volume.
The program is free and open to the public with parking available in lot 13. More information is available by contacting Maria Sanguinetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 991-5096.