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Local author meet and greet at Collinsville Library

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Books, Events, Living  /  No Comments

The President's Mortician by Tim Fleming. Published by Neverland Publishing

Nov. 22 marks the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.  Local author Timothy Fleming tackles this topic in his historical fiction book “The President’s Mortician.” A young man witnesses his neighbor’s gruesome murder and the woman’s husband is wrongly convicted of the crime.  As he grows older, Conrad “Con” Reese, Jr. tries […]

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The city, Italian-American culture and family inspire Collinsville author

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Books, Living  /  No Comments

Loretta Giacoletto

Collinsville has been home to established Italian-American writer Loretta Giacoletto since 1957, and for years, she has written novels, short stories and sagas inspired by her and her husband’s families and their Italian culture. Giacoletto, who will be signing her books at Spirito’s Italian Grocery in Collinsville during Italian Fest, said she started writing when […]

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Black History Month book review: Madison County hero Edward Coles

By   /  February 14, 2014  /  Books, Living  /  No Comments

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By Kurt Prenzler, Madison County Treasurer Once upon a time there were honest – even heroic – governors in Illinois. Edward Coles was that kind of leader. As an avid reader, I enjoy delving into history. As Madison County’s treasurer, I especially enjoy learning about the history of this county. Recently I read the biography […]

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Local author releases St. Louis Cardinals history book

By   /  December 19, 2013  /  Books, Living  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

Bill Nunes was browsing the supply of St. Louis Cardinals books at the Fairview Heights Barnes and Noble while doing a signing for his 20th book, when he noticed that there weren’t any Cardinals’ history books. “If you have been a Cardinals fan for a long time, wouldn’t you like to relive some memories?” Nunes […]

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New book chronicles life of Collinsville’s moat house gangster

By   /  August 23, 2013  /  Books, Living  /  1 Comment

Bill Nunes discussing The Frank "Buster" Wortman story at Collinsville Public Library on Aug. 17. / Photo by Roger Starkey

Buster Wortman died 45 years ago this month, but he can still sell books. Bill Nunes’ latest book, The Frank “Buster” Wortman Story, is the second best-selling book at the Fairview Heights Barnes & Noble, Nunnes said. Only J.K. Rowling has the stature to outsell Wortman in the Metro East, it seems. Perhaps, though, it […]

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