Missouri-based children's author and illustrator Cheryl Harness has just published her 17th book, Ghosts of the Civil War, and now she's making the promotional rounds to bookstores to sign copies and lead programs. She'll be in our area Saturday at Junior Editions bookstore in The Mall in Columbia (on the upper level, just outside Sears).
The book follows Lindsey, a little girl unhappy about being stuck at a dull battle re-enactment with her parents, as she takes an unlikely trip back in time more than 100 years to the days of the Civil War. There, she learns a new respect for the war in which she previously had no interest by watching "actual" debates about abolition, secession and patriotism and witnessing the battles at Bull Run and Gettysburg, Gen. Lee surrendering at the Appomattox Court House and Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Maps, glossaries and biographies round out the book's history lesson.
Harness will appear in period dress to discuss her new book and some of the fun things she's found in studying history. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, The Mall in Columbia, 410-730-2665.