JD Salinger once said, “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” Unless you’re part of the KSC community, of course—then you have a connection to a whole host of great authors who would love to meet you and chat. Maybe the next time you’re at the Alumni Center, or at a College event.
Who are these authors? Come on into the Alumni Center between now and early next spring and check out the dozens of books that Norma Wright Walker ’51 has gathered in the display cases just inside the main door. The driving force behind the Golden Circle Society, Norma took on the task of creating a KSC alumni authors library for the Alumni Center.
“The outpouring and response from the alumni authors was wonderful; I had no idea we had so many. The books keep coming by mail—it’s terrific!” exclaimed Walker as she added more publications to the display.
Some are works of non-fiction, historical in nature, such as those by William Marvel ’79, Joe Citro ’71, Alan Rumrill ’79, Don Johnson ’53, and Marcia Lusted ’84. Others are compilations of poetry by Wes McNair ’63 (Poet Laureate for the State of Maine) and Jean Saunders Duling ’68, or children’s books by Wallace Tripp ’62. Vincent Russell ’50, Ruth Doan MacDougall ’61, Ernie Hebert ’69, and Angie Frazier ’00, to name a few, have novels in the collection. Several nonfiction works explore contemporary subjects such as youth leadership (Steve Fortier ’86) and computers (John Barry ’71). Again, this only names a few, and we’re sure there are others out there that we don’t yet know about. We look forward to the collection growing. Have you written a book? Let us know about it!