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Regional Historians at Carmi Library Friday

Regional Historians at Carmi Library Friday


In December, Illinois will celebrate 200 years of statehood and with that in mind, two Southern Illinois authors and historians will be at the Carmi Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 Friday afternoon.

The two historians; Jon Musgrave and Angela Mason will be on hand to sign copies of their books, which will be available for purchase.

Musgrave has written a number of non-fiction books about the dramatic history of southern Illinois including books on the Old Slave house and the Shelton Gang. New this year is Musgrave’s novel The Counterfeiter’s Son. It’s a mix of true crime and historical fantasy set at Cave In Rock in the days of the river pirates in 1799.

Musgrave will also have signed copies of his Inside the Shelton Gang, along with co-author Ruthie shelton’s The Untold Story, a series of novels inspired by her father’s experience with the Sheltons in the 1960s and beyond, as well as her last novel, Magnolia’s Life.

Beside the Shelton books, Musgrave will have his other work available.

Mason will be signing copies of her book, Death Rides the Sky, which tells the stories of the Tri-state tornado that ripped through Southern Illinois and White County in 1925.

Mason and Musgrave will be signing books in Mt. Carmel after their Carmi stop. The Mt. Carmel appearance will be part of the Christmas Open house and downtown holiday activities in Wabash County.