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FURTHER INFORMATION:       PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

 

 

Citrus College Instructor’s New Book Brings to Life Authors from the Past
by Rachel White

 

 

When Citrus College instructor Dale Salwak was growing up, he dreamed of traveling to Oxford, England and meeting his favorite author C.S. Lewis.  However, at age 16, he picked up the newspaper one morning and discovered that Lewis had passed away – and so had his hope of one day speaking face to face with his literary hero.

 

That memory, along with his lifelong love of American and British literature, served as the inspiration behind Salwak’s latest book, “Afterword:  Conjuring the Literary Dead.”

 

If you could meet your literary hero, what would you talk about and what would you ask?  Salwak posed this question to 18 distinguished writers who then responded to imagined conversations with their most beloved British and American authors from the last 200 years.

 

“Afterword:  Conjuring  the Literary Dead” is Salwak’s 24th published book.  As editor, he solicited contributors from Great Britain and the United States, selected experts, acquaintances and colleagues who shared his passion for literature and had little known information to share about literary giants of the past.

 

“Creating this book was a five-year process and a labor of love,” Salwak said.  “I believe the end result is an entertaining, educational and insightful read.  Authors are brought back to life to answer questions that have seldom been asked and to reveal secrets that have puzzled readers for generations.”

 

Among the literary dead conjured up by this book are Jane Austen, Samuel Beckett, William Faulkner, Henry James and Edith Wharton.  Salwak and his friend, Laura Nagy, wrote the book’s introduction.

 

“Afterword:  Conjuring the Literary Dead” is published by the University of Iowa Press.  It is available online at Amazon.com and at the Citrus College bookstore, the Owl Bookshop.

 

Salwak has taught literature classes at Citrus College for 38 years.  In addition to the many books he has written, Salwak writes feature articles that appear routinely in the London Times.  He is also a professional magician who performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

 

Salwak for web

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    JUNE 8, 2008
FURTHER INFORMATION:       PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082