MAY 9, 2016 BY SALINA STAFF
Two Kansas authors will visit Salina Public Library this week. Rod Beemer will give a presentation on his book “Notorious Kansas Bank Heists: Gunslingers to Gangsters” at 7 p.m. May 12th in the Prescott Room. Darcy Leech will sign copies of her book “From My Mother: Surviving and Thriving in a Family Ravaged by Genetic Disease” from 1 to 3 p.m. May 14th in the Information Services section of the library.
“Notorious Kansas Bank Heists” recalls criminal history in Kansas. The book covers the 1911 robbery of Chautauqua State Bank, including the bizarre story of outlaw Elmer McCurdy’s long-delayed burial. There is also information about Henry Starr, who claimed to have robbed 21 banks; The Dalton gang; and the nearly 4,000 known vigilantes who patrolled the Sunflower State during the 1920s and 1930s to combat the criminal menace.
“From My Mother” tells the personal story of Leech’s mother and brother and their battle with myotonic muscular dystrophy, a disease 1 in 8,500 suffer from. Leech explores dealing with loss, living with limitations and the complexity of genetic disease.
Leech graduated summa cum laude from Bethany College with majors in English Education and Philosophy. She is a four-year all conference college athlete, A.O. Duer national award winner, published nationally in Quest Magazine, and a Lana Jordan Aspiring Artist Grant winner.
For more information, please contact Lori Berezovsky, Community Engagement Coordinator, at , 785 825-4624, ext. 249, or visit the library at 301 W. Elm.