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Author visits draw crowds to Harford libraries

Harford County Public Library hosted two authors in recent weeks, drawing excited crowds to the Bel Air and Abingdon library branches.

Best-selling author Christopher Tilghman spoke to more than 50 guests about his latest novel, "The Right-Hand Shore," at the Bel Air library on March 3. Raised primarily in New England, Tilghman's life has always revolved around his family's farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. "The Right-Hand Shore," a sequel to his book "Mason's Retreat," tells the multigenerational story of a farm on the Eastern Shore modeled after his own. The audience included two women who had lived on the farm in the 1930s. Thrilled to meet and speak with Tilghman, they commented that library events such as these are what make a community.

Tilghman's program kicked off Harford County Public Library's Civil War 150 events. Civil War 150 is a special programming initiative which features authors, speakers and exhibitions dealing with one of the darkest and most transformative periods in American history. Programs will take place March through June in various branches throughout the county. Visit http://www.HCPLonline.org for complete details or visit a local library branch.

Ken Lang, a former Baltimore area homicide detective turned award-winning author, shared his experiences investigating some of the most intriguing and gruesome murder investigations as detailed in his books to more than 45 guests at the Abingdon library on March 10. In his presentation, "Homicide: One Detective's Story," Lang captured the extremes of working as a homicide detective in a busy metropolitan area and shared with the audience actual cases that are featured in his books. Lang's first book, "Walking Among the Dead," published in 2011, led to him being named one of "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading," by the Author's Show. Lang has since completed two sequel books: "Standing In Death's Shadow" and "Death Comes Uninvited."

A book signing by both authors followed their presentations.

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