Wed, 09/25/2013 - 7:00pm


  • Auditorium
  • County Library

Description: This program will be divided into two sections. The first will be a light and humorous look at how family, friends, and acquaintances react to fiction written by someone familiar to them. A Favor Returned and Agent for Justice, both novels, will be the focus of this discussion, which will address the issue of separating the author from his characters and content.
The second half of the program uses the two editions of A Favor Returned, published over thirteen years apart, to demonstrate the growth of the craft of a writer. Comparisons of brief passages in each version will demonstrate the subtle but definite changes in dialogue, “show, don’t tell,” and writing flow.
Questions will be encouraged at any time during and after the presentation.

Presenter: Duke Southard             Affiliation: The Society of Southwestern Authors
                                                                          President- Santa Cruz Valley Chapter- SSA
Presenter’s Biography: After a teaching career which began in Burlington City High School and spanned thirty five years and three other districts, Duke Southard retired from public education and began writing. His first novel, A Favor Returned, was published in hard cover by Peter Randall, Publisher and distributed by The University Press of New England in May, 2000. The new edition of this book with revisions was published by Wheatmark of Tucson, Arizona in July, 2013. Agent for Justice, his second novel, was published in 2003 by Hot House Press of Cohasset, Massachusetts. The Nick: A Vision Realized is a commissioned history of a large recreational facility in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The Week from Heaven and Hell, a memoir about the sudden and tragic death of his son in 1992, was published by Wheatmark in 2010.
Educational credentials include a B.S. degree in English Education from Villanova University, an M.A. in English Education from Rowan (Glassboro) University and a C.A.G.S. from Boston University. He has won numerous awards and honors as both as an educator and as a writer.


  • Adult

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  • Registration Not Required
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Duke Southard