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Date: February 20, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Local Authors to Discuss Writing at Montgomery College’s ‘Books and Ideas’ Series
Larry Moffi, Jim Tomlinson, and Rose Solari to Visit This Spring

EDITORS: For high resolution images to accompany this release, click on the following links: moffi.jpg, tomlinson.jpg, and solari.jpg.

The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College invites the public to learn about writing and to speak with authors at its spring “Books and Ideas” reading series. All talks are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m., author Larry Moffi will give a poetry reading and talk about “Influences” in the Black Box Theatre at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The theatre is located in the Communications Arts Center at the corner of Chicago and Philadelphia Avenues, Takoma Park, Md.

On Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m., author Jim Tomlinson will discuss his latest book “Things Kept, Things Left Behind,” at the Faculty/Staff Dining Room, located on the College’s Rockville Campus in the Campus Center, 51 Mannakee Street.

On Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m., poet Rose Solari will be presenting her work, “Orpheus in the Park,” at the College’s Germantown Campus, Room 216 of the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive.

Moffi is the author of three non-fiction books on baseball, “The Conscience of the Game,” “This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950’s,” and “Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers 1947-1959.” He is also the author of three collections of poems, which have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Moffi has also been the recipient of poetry grants from the Alexandria (VA) Commission for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts on three occasions. From 2003-2006 he has served as coordinator of the “Book and Ideas” series of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute of Montgomery College. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Jacquelyn.

Tomlinson’s debut short story collection, “Things Kept, Things Left Behind,” won the 2006 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His stories have appeared in Five Points, Potomac Review, and elsewhere. The Kentucky resident has been awarded a 2004 Al Smith Fellowships by the Kentucky Arts Council, a 2006 Walter E. Dakin Fellowship at Sewanee Writers Conference, and a 2006 teaching fellowship at Wesleyan Writers Conference.

Solari is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, “Orpheus in the Park,” published last year, and “Difficult Weather.” Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals here and in Britain along with many works in several anthologies. She teaches at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and is the Visiting Writer of the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland. In fall, 2006, she embarked on a British book tour in support of “Orpheus in the Park.”

Sponsored by Montgomery College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute, the “Books and Ideas” series celebrates the work and creativity of talented writers—novelists, biographers, poets, playwrights, historians, critics—who live in the greater Washington area. Each author offers a free evening reading and discussion for the public. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

For more information, contact the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 301-251-7417. To request accommodations for a disability call 251-7417 at least two weeks before the event.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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