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Published 3/7/03
"Blood of the Prodigal" Author to Visit Owens Community College, Wednesday, March 19

Nationally-renowned author, Dr. Paul Gaus will visit Owens Community College to discuss his critically acclaimed book "Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery" on Wednesday, March 19. Dr. Gaus' appearance at Owens will highlight a series of events, sponsored by the College's Literacy Committee, to promote and encourage reading throughout the Northwest Ohio communities.

The event begins at 5 p.m. in the College's Library on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. A book signing will occur at the conclusion of the program.

Dr. Gaus' book, "Blood of the Prodigal", is the first in a series of mysteries set among the Old Order Amish located in Ohio's Holmes County. "Blood of the Prodigal" takes an insightful look into a chilling murder, which has traumatized the famous Amish colony. This murder has left the thousands of small farms and homesteads throughout the region in suspense, while the authorities try to uncover the mystery.

"Owens Community College is honored to have such a well-respected author visit Northwest Ohio to promote literacy awareness," said Elizabeth Schroeder, Owens Instructor of Arts and Sciences and Co-Chair of the Literacy Committee. "His literary works offer readers an exciting mystery adventure, as well as insight into the cultural traditions of the Amish living in Ohio. The variety of events occurring throughout the month of March and April at Owens will celebrate literature and the excitement that comes with reading a good book."

A native of Athens, Ohio, Dr. Gaus' first novel, "Blood of the Prodigal", was published in 1999 and immediately received raved reviews from such national publications as "Booklist", "Foreword Magazine" and "Publishers Weekly". The book also was a selection of the prestigious "Mystery Guild Book Club".

His subsequent books, "Broken English: An Ohio Amish Mystery" and "Clouds Without Rain: An Ohio Amish Mystery" also have received very positive reviews, and many critics see his incorporation of such a unique setting, for a mystery novel, as refreshingly authentic.

A chemistry professor for the College of Wooster, Dr. Gaus also is the co-author of a best-selling college textbook "Basic Inorganic Chemistry" and has had 22 articles published in various scholarly and professional chemistry journals.

Dr. Gaus received his doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry from Duke University and currently resides in Wooster, Ohio.

Among other Owens Literacy Celebration activities occurring in March and April are:
  • Gently-Used Book Giveaway
    Monday, March 17 and Thursday, March 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Owens Audio/Visual Classroom Center Galleria and College Hall Atrium (Toledo-area Campus) and Findlay Campus Atrium (Findlay-area Campus)
    Owens' students can choose from a variety of gently-used books which were previously donated by faculty, staff and students.


  • Open Forum with Dr. Gerald Biesecker-Mast
    Tuesday, March 18 at 10 a.m. in the Owens Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Room 150
    Join Amish expert Dr. Gerald Biesecker-Mast, Associate Professor of Communication at Bluffton College, in discussion about Amish religion and culture. (Toledo-area Campus)


  • Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion with Dr. Gerald Biesecker-Mast
    Tuesday, March 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Owens Findlay Campus Room 102
    Join Amish authority Dr. Biesecker-Mast for a Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion about various Amish related topics. (Findlay-area Campus)


  • Amish Tour near Fredericksburg in Holmes County
    Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Depart from Toledo-area Campus)
    Experience the Amish way of life by visiting Ohio's Holmes County. Throughout the day, individuals will have the opportunity to learn about the Amish culture by partaking in an authentic dinner and touring a variety of craft shops. Tickets are $40 for adults, $28 for youth ages 6-10 and $18 for youth ages 5 or under. Reservations must be made by Thursday, March 20.
  • For additional information on Owens' Literacy Celebration activities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7473 or (567) 661-7473.

    Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



     

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