Two BF authors plan virtual reading with Village Square Booksellers

BELLOWS FALLS — Bellows Falls residents (and neighbors) Eileen Charbonneau and Bill Lockwood will be featured on a virtual Zoom event co-sponsored by Village Square Booksellers and the Rockingham Free Public Library on Friday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.

Mercies of the Fallen is the second of Charbonneau's American Civil War Brides series, following Seven Aprils. In the series, plantation heiress Ursula Kingsley is content with her secluded life in a convent, until the bloodiest day of the Civil War.

Charbonneau is the author of the multiple award-winning Code Talker Chronicles series as well as historical novels for adults and young people. Her stories explore the United States through eyes seldom put front and center: her immigrants, her Native peoples, her women.

Her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and many others. She runs a small bed and breakfast inn with her husband and describes herself as “addicted to maple creemies, period dramas, and American roots music.”

In The Monsignor's Agents, Lockwood's fourth novel with the Wild Rose Press, Alison, a U.S. Army intelligence agent and would-be Mata Hari, agrees to help the Vatican's security team track a potential assassin on a Mediterranean boat trip that turns out to be no vacation cruise.

Lockwood is retired as a social services worker in both Maryland and Vermont. He has been an avid amateur theater participant and writer. He grew up in Baltimore, where he was among a group that founded a community off-Broadway-size theater and wrote articles and theater reviews in a local theater newsletter.

In 1992 he moved to Bellows Falls. His stories have been published in literary magazines, and he has written about arts, personalities, and rural downtown development in local publications. He has been very active in the community in Bellows Falls participating on a number of civic committees.

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