Saturday, October 25, 2008


Recently we have been pleased to have as our guests two authors, both visiting Monmouth at different times-one as a quiet retreat and the other escaping hurricane

Our first guest Darrel Hoover and his wife enjoyed Monmouth and shared with me the story of his first novel-JUST ONE MORE DAY. His novel is set in Korea during the Korean War and the inspirational story found throughout the book is of a young Allied soldier who was asked by a news correspondent on the battlefield: "What do you want for Christmas?" and the answer became the title of the book! The story line is fiction but the inspiration that is portrayed will certainly be memorable to all who read it.

Morris and Helen Raphael of Ne Iberia, LA. evacuated from the perils of hurricane Gustav. Mr.Raphael is a native of Natchez and has authored several books after his retirement. He also writes columns of interest for the local newspapers. Morris and Helen met in Brazil and were married in 1958. She is a cum laude graduate of MONMOUTH COLLEGE in Illinois.

MY NATCHEZ YEARS-1917-1938 is the autobiography of Raphael's life as a young Natchezian and his remembrances of those early boyhood years. Stories are told of the "great depression", the flood of 1927, and his boyhood life surrounded by St. Mary's Catholic Church, boy scouting, hunting and fishing. MY NATCHEZ YEARS is a wonderful story of growing up in this beautiful Southern town.

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