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You don’t want to miss the upcoming “Author Night” at the Madelyn Helling Library – not only is it free, but there also will be a circa-1905 fashion show, with author Fern Henry in costume, reading from her book, “My Checkered Life: Luzena Stanley Wilson in Early California: Her Overland Journey with Pioneer Life in Vacaville, Sacramento and Nevada City.” Whew! What a title.

County Librarian Steve Fjeldsted said Fern puts on an amazing show. “She’s a kick! She’ll play music and appear in costume.” In fact, Steve said Fern recently did a reading in Vacaville, and despite the $8 fee, the place was sold out. Did I mention the Author Night is free? And it will have refreshments? It’s Wednesday night at 6 p.m., by the way.

Steve was also excited to report that Gary Kurutz, the history librarian at the California State Library, will be there to introduce Fern since he wrote the introduction to “My Checkered Life” (the abbreviated title.) Gary is also an author and is considered an expert on the Gold Rush.

What a great event to take the whole family to, especially children who are learning about the Gold Rush. Talk about making history come alive.

Another person who will be there is Mal Huntley. Mal’s great-grandfather wrote “California: Its Gold and its Inhabitants” in 1856. It’s just been republished by Carl Mautz – a Nevada City publisher – and all the books mentioned will be available for sale at the event. There will also be a used book table hosted by the Friends of the Library.

It seems like Steve is doing a great job as county librarian, and I think the programs he’s been bringing are awesome.

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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