orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

August 13, 2013

LSC-O professor returns for book signing

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Dr. Shelley Thrasher, retired Lamar State College-Orange English professor, will give a brief presentation, chat with readers, and sign copies of her recently published historical novel, “The Storm,” at the LSC-O Library in Orange on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

“The Storm,” set in rural East Texas during 1918-19, focuses on the conflicting values of three women who have experienced the Civil War, World War I, the great influenza pandemic, a university education, and women’s fight for suffrage. Thrasher relied both on extensive research and oral history for the rich details of her novel.

Copies of “The Storm” will be available at the event or can be purchased early at www.amazon.com or at www.boldstrokesbooks.com.

An East-Texas native, she earned her BA and MA in English at North Texas State University, and her PhD in English at the University of Houston. She has also studied theology at the University of Chicago; German, Hebrew, and French abroad; and creative writing in New York, Iowa, Florida and Colorado.

Though Thrasher still teaches part-time at LSC-O, she retired as Professor Emerita of English from a long teaching/administrative career there. After retiring, she led study/foreign-travel groups in Europe and became an editor at Bold Strokes Books, located in upstate New York. To date, she has edited more than 140 novels. She is also a published poet and essayist.

This is her first published novel. A second one, “First Tango in Paris,” is scheduled for publication in 2014.