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Posted on: December 6, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Local Authors to Speak at Walldog Museum


On Thursday, December 12th, from 5:00-8:00 pm during the P.R.O.U.D. “Shop Late til 8:00” event, The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum at 217 N. Mill St. will host a series of readings and speeches by local authors.

The night will kick off at 5:00 with local poets from the Illinois State Poetry Society. These poets were published in the society’s 20th Anniversary Anthology Distilled Lives and will be reading selections from this book.

At 6:00, Mick Peterson will speak about his Hillsdale Trilogy. The three book series includes Once a Coach, Homecoming and Carpe Diem. The fictional trilogy follows Coach Ben Reynolds, his family and his team’s journey during one tumultuous football season. In honor of the real life PTHS 1993 Class 3A State Championship football team’s 20th anniversary, Mick is offering a special price of only $30.00 for all three books (normally $48.00).

Wrapping up the evening will be Michael Stalter at 7:00, author of Still Have Faith. Mike will speak on his experiences as the husband of a woman who fought breast cancer for 17 ½ years. He felt compelled to write this autobiography about their battle to reach out to other men and family members who are experiencing the same struggles but has learned along the way that this is a very universal story that applies to people from all walks of life.

Each author will speak for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will be available after their speeches for book signing and Q&A. Refreshments will also be served. All books will be available for sale at the museum and make great gift ideas. The public is invited to stay for each author or to come and go during this time to enjoy the downtown shops that will be open late.

Anyone with questions regarding this event or any local authors that would like to be involved in upcoming events may call Liz Vincent, manager of the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum at (815) 842-1848 or email her at

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