Au­thors at Gin­ger Press

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Maryann Thomas fig­ures hun­dreds of pub­lished lo­cal writ­ers have par­tic­i­pated in The Gin­ger Press’s Au­thors’ Open House since the an­nual event’s in­cep­tion 33 years ago.

This Satur­day’s edi­tion, set to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the down­town Owen Sound book­store, will add at least an­other dozen names to that list, in­clud­ing au­thors of new chil­dren’s books, his­tor­i­cal pub­li­ca­tions and nov­els.

“The whole point is, writ­ing is a soli­tary act and once a year I like to be able to bring all the writ­ers to­gether and they en­joy be­ing to­gether, but also to talk to their read­ers,” said Thomas.

Along with be­ing an Au­thor’s Open House, Satur­day’s event will also fea­ture the launch of lo­cal mil­i­tary his­to­rian Ge­orge Scott Auer’s new book, “Oc­to­ber 26, 1917: The Day the Rave­beek Ran Grey.”

A fol­low-up to “Sol­diers of the Soil – Grey County Goes to War: 1914-1918,” Auer’s sec­ond book pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive look at the ge­n­e­sis and lo­cal out­come of one of the most hor­rific bat­tles of the Great War, ac­cord­ing to The Gin­ger Press.

Oct. 26, 1917, was the first day of the Cana­dian Corps’ at­tack in the third Bat­tle of Ypres, com­monly known as Pass­chen­daele. Thirty-seven Grey County men per­ished in that bat­tle and a Vic­to­ria Cross was won.

The book will be avail­able at the event and Auer will also be an­swer­ing ques­tions and sign­ing copies.

Auer joined the Cana­dian Armed Forces in 1976 and served with the First Bat­tal­ion, Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Light In­fantry. He par­tic­i­pated in three United Na­tions’ peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions.

Thomas said it was Auer’s fi­nal post­ing with the Grey & Sim­coe Foresters in Owen Sound that led him to re­search the rich mil­i­tary his­tory of Grey County.

Other au­thors that are plan­ning to at­tend the open house in­clude David Bev­erly-Foster, Cathy Hird, Bonita John­son de Mat­teis, Har-Prakash Khalsa, Jenny Lee Learn, Al­i­son Leonard, Kat McNi­chol, Barry More, Rob Rolfe, Ron Sav­age, Richard-Yves Si­toski, Richard Thomas and Jesse Wilkin­son.

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