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July 16, 1996

Cathy Luchetti To Discuss "Women of the West" at Library of Congress August 22

Author Cathy Luchetti, who draws heavily on the collections of the Library of Congress in writing her books about life on the American frontier, will present an illustrated lecture at the Library of Congress at 12:30 p.m. on August 22.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book as part of its "Books & Beyond" series, the lecture will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E. It is free and open to the public.

Cathy Luchetti's most recent book is "I Do": Courtship, Love, and Marriage on the American Frontier (Random House, 1995). Her previous books include Home on the Range: A Culinary History of the American West (Random House/Villard, 1993), which won the James Beard Award for Writings on American Food; Under God's Spell: Frontier Evangelists, 1772-1915 (Harcourt, 1989); and Women of the West (Antelope Island Press, 1982), which has sold 130,000 copies, is in its eighth printing, and was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. It has been purchased by Random House and optioned by WGBH Boston for a possible television film.

Ms. Luchetti currently is working on a book about rural women doctors on the American frontier.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books,reading, and libraries.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) willbe provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. Call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, please contact the Disability Employment Program office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 96-104
ISSN 0731-3527

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