Author will discuss `Star-Spangled' mystery

September 13, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Local author Kathryn Pearce appears at the Arbutus Branch Library on Tuesday to talk about her new book, Star-Spangled Secret, which she wrote under the pen name K.M. Kimball, and the story behind it.

The book follows Caroline Dorsey, a young girl growing up in Maryland, as she tries to figure out what really happened to her older brother, Charlie. Lost at sea during the turbulent days of the War of 1812, Charlie supposedly fell from the deck of his ship and drowned, but Caroline doesn't buy it. She unravels the mystery bit by bit as an impending British attack against Baltimore threatens to stop her. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Monty Phair, a librarian at the Randallstown and Catonsville branches and a member of the Fort McHenry Guard, also appears (in full dress uniform) to tell kids about the 1814 Battle of Baltimore, during which Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Free tickets are required. 7 p.m., 1581 Sulphur Spring Road, 410-887-1451.

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