Pittsburgh Author, Joyce Faulkner, Will Sign Copies of Her New Book, "In the Shadow of Suribachi", at American Historical Art Gallery and Framery

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Author Joyce Faulkner signs copies of her new book, "In the Shadow of Suribachi" in Gettysburg.

Pittsburgh Author, Joyce Faulkner is coming to Gettysburg. She will be at the American Historical Art Gallery and Framery at 34 York Street, on Saturday April 22, 2006 from 1-3 pm and 7 to 9pm and on Sunday April 23rd from 12 noon to 2pm to sign copies of her new book, "In the Shadow of Suribachi" from Red Engine Press.

"In the Shadow of Suribachi" tells the story of seven young men who, for different reasons, decide to join the Marines in World War II. Their paths cross on the bloody beach at Iwo Jima. This literary novel is told by means of individual fictional stories backed up by Faulkner’s interviews with veterans, historical research and her remembrance of her father’s tales of being a Marine caught in that hellish battle over 60 years ago.

Many who have read "In the Shadow of Suribachi" have positive comments, including those who think it should be required reading in schools. Hugh Rosen, author of "Silent Battlefields: A Novel", says, “The vignettes precede, describe and foreshadow the personalities and possible reactions of each character, so finely delineated, as they journey through training, ultimately to wind up fighting in the battle of Iwo Jima during the Second World War. The realism portrayed of the men in combat makes it hard to believe that Joyce Faulkner was not present amongst them.”

Lieutenant Coronal Dave Grossman, author of "On Combat" and "On Killing", said of the book, "What a splendid work! It is a handful of gem shards, fragments of jewel-like lives, each a precious object in its own right, sharp and fragile, cast down seemingly at random. Then, at the end, each piece comes into focus in a stunning mosaic of humanity: still fragile, but ever more beautiful and transcendent when viewed as a part of the whole."

Gettysburg itself is strongly connected to "In the Shadow of Suribachi". Maggie Abbott, owner of the American History Art Gallery where the signing takes place, wrote the foreword. Also, the final chapter, in which a war veteran has a conversation with a Gettysburg ghost, takes place at the Brafferton Inn.

Faulkner, a chemical engineer turned writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas before she obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Cleveland State. Her education, along with her private passions of aviation, history, travel and philosophy, allow her to use her sharp observation and creative skills to write a unique literary novel like "In the Shadow of Suribachi".

For more information on the event, or to schedule Ms. Faulkner for a book signing or presentation, contact Mindy Lawrence 573-330-4015. Additional information on Faulkner and "In the Shadow of Suribachi" can be found at http://www.intheshadowofsuribachi.com and at http://www.joycefaulkner.com.


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