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Literary readings in Trussville Jan. 12

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Public Library and Friends of the Library will sponsor the second in its series of literary readings Sunday, Jan. 12.

Introduced last September, the program gives writers and authors an opportunity to read excerpts from their works in a public setting. “In Our Own Words” will begin at 2 p.m. in the reading room of the library at 201 Parkway Drive in Trussville.

The Trussville Public Library
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“We had a wonderful response from several local writers in the introductory session last fall,” said Mary Lynne Robbins, Friends’ co-president. “The works read were diverse in both style and tone, and the writers included humorists, poets, non-fiction writers and novelists. We have been encouraged to continue sponsoring these readings because of the response from both participating writers and audience members.”

At this time, participation in “In Our Own Words” is limited to writers who are high school students or older. Other guidelines established for participants include:

  • Readers must pre-register for the program.
  • In most cases, writers must read their own works, although surrogates may be used if approved.
  • At least six writers must register in order for the program to be held.
  • Estimated reading time, including introductions, should be less than eight minutes per participant.
  • Material read should be in good taste.
  • Long works, such as novels or biography, must be excerpted to meet time limits.

If time permits, there will be an opportunity for audience questions or feedback. The library will provide light refreshments.

To register or for more information, call 205-655-7694.

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