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Carroll County: History and its Mysteries: How Fiction’s Imagination Works with History’s Facts

May 12, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Author and former newspaper reporter Michael Downs will give the presentation. He is an associate professor of English at Towson University who lives and writes in Baltimore.

His most recent book is the novel, The Strange and True Tale
of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist, about the historical figure oft-credited with discovering anesthesia. He also published The Greatest Show: Stories inspired by a 1944 circus fire, and House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. All three books are set in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut.

Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. 

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