Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 14 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu

JANE CONGDON HOLDING BOOK SIGNING AT CONCORD UNIVERSITY

ATHENS, W.Va. – Author and Concord University alum Jane Congdon will hold a book signing for her memoir “It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me” on Friday, Sept. 23 at Concord. She will be available from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the President’s Room of the J. Frank Marsh Library. She is scheduled to speak at 2:45 p.m.

Congdon fell in love with Count Dracula as a 13-year-old at the movies. This fascination led her to Dracula’s homeland in Transylvania where she visited Bucharest, the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea. The trip triggered decades-buried memoires of life with an alcoholic mother that set in motion a life changing inner journey. On the journey, she revisits her childhood and ultimately finds new happiness.

In the deeply personal book, Congdon shares glimpses of her childhood through movie references and real encounters with her mother.

Congdon grew up in the southern West Virginia community of Glen Ferris and graduated from Concord in 1966. She taught school in Bluefield and worked as a reporter for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Following a 30-year career in educational publishing in Cincinnati, Ohio she retired in 2009. She continues to live in the Cincinnati area.

Congdon is a member of West Virginia Writers and a veteran of writing workshops including the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota and the October Writing Festival at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. She is a member of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula.

Congdon’s appearance at Concord is part of the University’s Homecoming 2011 celebration. Along with the book signing, she is also participating in the third annual Career Symposium on Sept. 23.

Visit http://www.janecongdon.com/home.htm to learn more about Congdon and her book.

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