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La Roche Literary Society Announces 2017-18 Schedule

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From October to March, Pittsburgh area writers will lead a series of presentations hosted by the Literary Society at La Roche College.

The 2017-18 presentations are free and open to the public. Each event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center at La Roche’s campus in McCandless Township. Registration is not required.

Oct. 13

Wonder Woman first appeared in Sensation Comics in 1942. Since that time she has been recognized as the foremost female superhero, influencing generations of creators and characters. Presenter Wayne Wise will discuss Wonder Woman’s history, the background story of her creation and the ongoing story of her influence, both in comics and the world.

Mr. Wise is a comic book writer, artist, retailer and scholar living in Pittsburgh. A published author and pop culture journalist, he has taught classes in Comics and Pop Culture at Chatham University, and taught seminars on Writing for Comics at Seton Hill and Point Park University.

Feb. 23

This presentation will explore “All That’s Left to Tell,” Daniel Lowe’s debut novel about Marc Laurent, an American taken hostage in Pakistan, and a woman named Josephine who visits his cell every night. At first her questions are mercenary: is there anyone back home who will pay the ransom? But when Marc can offer no name, she asks him questions about his daughter that are even more terrifying than his captivity. As these stories build upon one another, a father and daughter start to find their way toward understanding each other again.

Mr. Lowe is a local author and writing instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County.

March 16

Award-winning author Rosemary Hanrahan, M.D., will discuss how powerfully dreams can touch lives and bring people together, as they do in her first novel, “When Dreams Touch.” Dr. Hanrahan’s experience as a physician, involvement with international and public health nonprofit organizations, and leadership in health, education and community development in Haiti were the inspiration for the book.

Dr. Hanrahan has received numerous awards for “When Dreams Touch,” including the 2015 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for Superior Work by a Debut Author, a National Indie Excellence Award in Regional Fiction and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Historical Fiction.