Former North Carroll Panthers of all ages can add a new title to their summer reading lists this summer written by a teacher who spent 34 years at the high school.
Roberta Gore’s new book, “Saint Genesius and Me: A Love Story,” launched on May 8, and she will be holding a signing during Hampstead Day on Saturday, May 26, at Arcadia carnival grounds.
The book is Gore’s third book, but her first foray into memoir after two fiction titles. Gore said writing in the new genre was “very complicated” for her because “fiction is my safe place. It comes much more instinctively,” she said.
She was inspired to jump into the genre by the announcement that North Carroll High School was to close.
“In my own little brain I have all these things that happened,” she said. “I wanted to commit it to some place it could be [kept] for good and not fade — who we were, where we were, and what we were.”
“It’s one of the stories I knew I wanted to get down on paper,” she added.
St. Genesius is a name familiar to those close to the North Carroll drama program, though it comes with an air of mystery. St. Genesius is known as the patron saint of actors, and Gore would lead a prayer before each show that the drama department produced.
Then, one opening night, Gore received letters addressed from “St. Genesius.” One wished the cast and crew well, referencing specific moments and in-jokes from the rehearsal process. The other was for Gore alone.
“Clearly whoever wrote the letter knew the show and knew us,” Gore said. And ever since, she has gotten letters from St. Genesius on opening nights.