Local Author Fran Cannon Slayton in the Hook

Come hear Fran read from When the Whistle Blows and tell about her adventures in the publishing world tomorrow night (June 16, 7:30pm) at Writerhouse.

Fran Cannon SlaytonFor a suburban-raised girl, Fran Cannon Slayton knows a lot about the romance of the railroads. She knows the difference between the sound of a steam engine and a diesel engine whistle. And she knows how the economics of a new technology killed a town like Rowlesburg, West Virginia, where her father grew up and where her grandfather was foreman for B&O in the 1940s.

Slayton never met her grandfather, but she heard all about him from the stories her father told her, stories that she channeled into a novel for young adults, When the Whistle Blows, that not only got published, but has garnered glowing reviews.

“An unassuming masterpiece,” says Kirkus. “Nostalgia done right,” according to the School Library Journal.

via The Hook News Blog » Blog Archive » Whistle blower: ‘Farfetched’ dream earns Slayton rave reviews.

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