Author event: Larry F. Sommers

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Senior storyteller Larry F. Sommers, author of Price of Passage: A Tale of Immigration and Liberation, talks about his family, his debut historical novel, and the publication process.

AT THE AGE OF SEVENTY, retiree Larry F. Sommers reinvented himself as a literary lion. His first major project, after publishing a few short stories, was an assault on The Great American Novel. Inspired by his own Norwegian immigrant ancestors and by America’s struggle against the evil of slavery, he crafted a unique, three-stranded story conveying historical truth by means of fiction. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said upon publication of his novel, Price of Passage. “Also one of the most satisfying.” From inception to publication, the novel took six years of the author’s life. Along the way he learned some things about writing, about publishing, and about himself. Larry will spend an engaging half-hour sharing these insights, with a Q&A afterwards. The author will be glad to sign copies of Price of Passage, either previously purchased or bought for cash on premises.

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