Story last updated at 2:50 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002

Historian to visit library
Award-winning author Miriam Grace Monfredo will visit Homer to discuss her work Sunday as part of the Alaska Reads program sponsored by the Alaska Sisters in Crime. Monfredo is an American historian and former librarian, and many of her books are set during momentous times in history.

A reception for Monfredo will be held Monday at noon at the Homer Public Library followed by a discussion of her writing at 4 p.m. at the Homer Bookstore.

Her first novel, "Seneca Falls Inheritance," was set during the first Women's Rights Convention of 1848 and received critical acclaim. Eight books and a decade later, Monfredo has written books set in the Civil War as well as other defining eras.

"All of my books are driven by actual historical events or social movements," Monfredo wrote of her work. "How can women know what they are entitled to do today if they don't know what they've done in the past."

She works not only with feminist themes, but with story lines that are equally inspiring and touching to both sexes. In addition to books, her short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies and she has co-edited two historical mystery anthologies.

Among the awards her writing has earned her, Monfredo received the 2000 Career Achievement Award for Historical Mystery Writing by Romantic Times as well as the 1996 Writing in Rochester Award presented by Writers and Books.

Alaska Reads aims to encourage connections through reading. The program organizes statewide discussions on selected books. For more information, contact