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Award-winning writer Joan Vincent and Lisa Ferguson at Effingham writers' night July 17

EFFINGHAM — Join writers' night for a rich summer evening featuring award winning author, Joan Vincent, and treasured local musician/singer/songwriter Lisa Ferguson, for writers' might at Effingham Public Library, located at 30 Townhouse Road in Effingham, Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. presented by the Friends of the Effingham Public Library.

Joan Vincent is an award-winning poet, educator and designer. She is the author of Because Mother Liked To Dance, a coming-of-age novel. She has recently published her first children's book Molly Marbles, the story of an abandoned cat, and is presently working on a second, Legend of the Lost Lilies. For additional information about the author, readings and guest appearances, visit www.joanvincent.com.

"As a writer of both adult and children's fiction, I thoroughly enjoy sharing my work with readers of all ages," Vincent said. "I have an extensive history of guest appearances at schools, libraries, book clubs, bookstores and writing groups. At the different venues, I focus on interacting with my audiences and in several instances with children have created group poems."

Ferguson has been playing music in the Valley and beyond for the last 25 years. She picked up her mother's guitar to pluck out the melody to "Taps" when she was six. She loved singing along with the Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary records. At 12, she was able to finally take guitar lessons and found religion in listening to Bonnie Raitt, Joan Armatrading and Joni Mitchell. Lisa got serious about performing when she turned 30. She joined a country-rock band and began writing songs, none of which made their way onto the set lists. She went on to perform in a female vocal duo and has spent the last fifteen years as the bassist for Idol Hands, a local bluegrass/folk quartet. Upon turning 50, she decided it was high time to record her own CD, "Apple Tree," which is due out in August. Lisa lives in Madison with her husband, Jonno Deveneau, and their youngest son, Jesse.

Writers' night, the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. is for those who write — music, poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction — and for those who enjoy listening. Each month featured writers and musicians will be followed by an open-mic opportunity for others to share a piece of original writing or acoustic music (up to 5 minutes). Enjoy light refreshments and conversation with other writers, musicians and artists. The Writers' Night is just one of many enriching community events taking place at the Effingham Public Library.

For more information, contact: Katie McCarthy at 651-9796 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the library 539-1537. The library is closed on Thursdays, but the meeting room is opened for writers' night. 

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