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Authors Roberts, Bache to sign books at library

September 09, 1998

Author Nora Roberts, of Keedysville, will sign books in Hagerstown on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Washington County Free Library.

There are 42 million copies of Roberts' books in print. She has published more than 100 novels and her work has been made into films.

USA Today, in a Dec. 23, 1997, story, said she had sold more novels than any other romance author in 1997. She was honored at the Romance Writers of America National Conference when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her new hardcover book, "The Reef," is to be released in October.

Roberts continues to write futuristic romance suspense as J.D. Robb with the publication of "Holiday in Death" in June. Her J.D. Robb titles are a blend of police drama, science fiction and romance.

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There is no charge for the program. Light refreshments will be available.

Author Ellyn Bache will sign her works in Hagerstown on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. in the Washington County Free Library.

The program is sponsored by the library as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. Bache will talk about her writing, read from her works, and sign her books.

A native of Washington, D.C., Bache is the author of three novels, a nonfiction book, and a collection of short stories. She and her husband, Terry, lived in Hagerstown for 11 years before the family moved to North Carolina. They have four grown children.

Bache's first novel, "Safe Passage," was made into a 1995 feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard. Her second novel, "Festival in Fire Season," is based on wildfires that threatened southeastern North Carolina during the 1986 azalea season.

Bache's most recent novel, "The Activist's Daughter," is a coming-of-age story about a girl from Washington, D.C., who flees her mother's radical activism by enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 1963. "The Value of Kindness" won the 1992 Willa Cather Fiction Prize.

There is no charge for the program. Light refreshments will be available.

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