Library to host literature program about famous author with ties to Lycoming County

Library to host literature program about famous author with ties to Lycoming County

The Impact of Lycoming County on Pulitzer Prize Fiction Writer Conrad Richter, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. The program will be presented by local historian and educator Larry Stout.

A longtime resident of Pennsylvania, Conrad Richter was born in 1890 in Pine Grove. Known for his frontier novels and detailed depiction of pioneer life, Richter wrote “The Sea of Grass,” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Town.” Richter won the National Book Award for “The Waters of Kronos.” He died in 1968 in Pottsville.

Presenter Larry Stout is board president for both the Montgomery Area Historical Society and the Montgomery Area Public Library. He worked for three decades as an international leadership instructor, conducting training sessions on four continents.

Stout was instrumental in the acquisition of one of the finest collections of Conrad Richter’s works in existence, which will be on display in the presentation. As an expert on leadership development, Stout has developed a unique perspective on Richter’s teenage years spent in the White Deer Valley of Lycoming County in the early 1900s, which impacted his award-winning works for decades to come.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu for more information or call 570-326-0536.

This program is featured as part of the Adult Summer Learning program at the library, which encourages lifelong learning and free educational opportunities for adults.