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Friends of the Library Host Author Visit
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009

The community is invited to attend an Author Visit, as the Friends of the Library host best selling author Susan Wittig Albert on Sunday, November 15th at 2pm in the Stribling Room of Mason County’s M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. The presentation of “A Writer’s Life in the Texas Hill Country” is based on Ms. Albert’s newly published non-fiction narrative Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place which shares her story of life’s experiences residing in the rural countryside west of Austin.

A synopsis of this work is included here, as found on the author’s website,

Teacher, gardener, and bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns with her first nonfiction narrative, Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place (University of Texas Press, September 2009).

In this beautifully written memoir, Susan Albert describes her experiences of place, marriage, and separateness while creating a home in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and writing partner, Bill Albert. The book explores questions central to every marriage: how we become truly rooted and grounded in the places we call home; and how two partners can fully commit to each other and still maintain their separate identities.

Filled with thought-provoking meditations on right livelihood, ethical eating, and fully knowing our place—its geological and human past, as well as its present—Together, Alone shows us what it means to be married to a person and a place, and at the same time acknowledge the need for separation and solitude.

Fans of Ms. Albert’s are familiar with her prolific writings, which include the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries, The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter and the Robin Page Victorian-Edwardian Mysteries series, which was co-written with her husband, Bill Albert.

At the upcoming event, a selection of her works will be available for purchase. These sales will benefit the Story Circle Network, a non-profit group dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raise public awareness of the importance of women’s personal histories. The mission of the group is accomplished through publications, a website:, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles and women-focused programs. These activities empower women to tell their stories, to discover their identities through their stories and to choose to be the authors of their lives. More information on this opportunity to women of all ages, all walks of life will be available.

The author will sign books purchased at the event and in addition, graciously welcomes readers to bring copies from their home libraries to have signed as well. There will be refreshments and door prizes! Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 15th at 2pm and plan to attend this great program brought to you by Mason’s Friends of the Library!

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