Novel Nights at the Library

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Jeff Shaara - Novel NightsChesapeake’s Third Annual Literary Festival, Novel Nights, took place recently at the Chesapeake Central Library.  The gala event, featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Jeffrey Shaara, was an evening of books, music, friends and food.

Local historian John Quarstein opened the evening with engaging tales of the Civil War in Hampton Roads.  Jeff Shaara followed with thrilling stories of the exploits of American soldiers through the centuries and the drama of military campaigns in the Civil War and WWII. He added a personal touch to the evening as well, talking about his father’s work as an author.

In the tradition of the great intellectual salon experiences, guests wandered the library sampling gourmet delights prepared by Chef Donn Franklin’s Grassfield High School catering class, talking literature with a variety of enthusiasts and authors including Shaara, perusing the Collectible Book Sale presented by the Friends of the Library, bidding on fabulous items at the Silent Auction, and enjoying the sounds of light jazz provided by the Russell Scarborough Trio.

The event was co-sponsored by the Chesapeake Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Chesapeake Public Library to benefit the Library’s Early Childhood Literacy project called Smart Start Chesapeake.  Over $88,500 was raised in support of the project as the community gathered to celebrate the power of the pen and the creative imagination. 

by Phyllis Schirle


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One Response to Novel Nights at the Library

  1. Peter D. Mallett Reply

    October 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I wish I had known about this event. Are there more planned?

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