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Steinour writes book for children

March 08, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - After tackling mature themes, such as a woman facing the end of her life, a poor family living on the other side of the tracks in the 1940s, and an older man talking about a past affair, Fort Loudoun, Pa., resident Marcus Steinour has penned a book for the young.

"I thought I'd like to write about a cat and explain how cats can see in the dark," said Steinour, 78, who has had plays performed off-Broadway in New York City.

Unlike many cats, Steinour's feline character, Cuthbert, is afraid of the dark. That's a fear he must overcome to help the older woman with whom he lives.

"The Cat Who Was Afraid of the Dark" was published by the self-publishing outfit AuthorHouse late in 2008.

The large-format, paperback book is illustrated by Steinour's former neighbor, illustrator Wanda Marie Gallagher of Franklin County.

Gallagher used pastels, watercolors and pencil to create the illustrations. She has written and illustrated two previous publications, a book of poetry for children and a coloring and activity book.

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Steinour has been writing since he was a teenager, but it wasn't until he was 60 that any of his plays were produced.

He's written at least 25 plays. Almost 20 of them have been produced and two, "At Land's End" and "Ladies Night at the Globe" have been published.

His latest play, "Pickles and Cream," a funny story about the sweetness and sourness of married life for a couple in their 70s, will be produced by the Conococheague Players this May at Wilson College in Chambersburg.

The book is available, autographed by the author and illustrator, for $16.49 plus shipping and handling by calling Gallagher at 888-369-4447 or 717-369-4444, or e-mailing wm-books4kids@embarqmail.com. The book also is available through Authorhouse.com and Amazon.com.

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