Your chance to meet and greet the author of ‘A Book of Matches’ by Nashville, Tennessee’s newest author and graduate of West Union High School, Robert E. Hawkins is coming up later this month. The book, set in Adams County, Ohio has sold out on the Jesse Stuart Foundation not once but twice in one week.
Hawkins will make two appearances locally to review the details on the inspiration, writing process, research, and inner workings of this compelling true story in his hometown where the historic murder cases of Oliver Elliott Stayner, took place. Come prepared by buying your copy now on robhawkins.com, The Rob Hawkins Author page on Facebook, The Jesse Stuart Foundation and The Jesse Stuart Foundation amazon.com page. Copies will also be for sale at the event and he will be happy to sign them.
The first local appearance for Hawkins will be held on Friday, December 20th at the West Union Public Library beginning at 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 21st at the Peebles Public Library beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The book can also be purchased locally at Blake Pharmacy in West Union and Peebles, and McNeilan’s Trash Removal in West Union.
This historical memoir, A Book of Matches The Life, Murder and Family of an Appalachian War Veteran is the true story of his grandfather, Oliver Elliott “Zeke” Stayner, who lived through the Great Depression and World War II only to be cut down in his prime. It also champions the grit and determination of his grandmother, Edith Wyvonne Morrison Stayner, a widow who was left to raise their daughters on her own. At the time of the murder Susan was 9 months old and Dottie was 3 and a half years old. Local, regional, American, and World History are threaded through the novel to put the reader in their environment and it is told through the words of the characters. The book draws from her 5-year diary, scrapbooks, letters from WWII, court documents, newspaper articles, the autopsy, eyewitness interviews, Ohio Supreme Court testimony, personal letters, radio broadcasts, popular culture, personal accounts, and photographs from private collections.
For more information, visit robhawkins.com