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Donner Party novel featured at Wine for Words

By From page B4 | August 05, 2014

The compelling, tragic story of the Donner Party — told through the eyes of one of its young survivors — is the centerpiece of the ninth annual Wine for Words fundraiser for the Placerville Main Library on Aug. 17.

The event sponsored by the Placerville Friends of the Library and will be held at the library 4 to 8 p.m. The evening will include wine tasting, catered dinner and a silent auction/raffle and will feature a discussion by guest author Nancy Herman of her historical novel, “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party.”

Proceeds from Wine for Words go directly to buy new books for the Placerville Main Library.

“This is especially important now, because the library receives no federal or state dollars and relies totally on the county for limited funds that buy less and less each year,” explained Joan Wallace, president of the Placerville Friends of the Library.

The organization has set a goal of increasing funding for book purchases to help keep the library from having to reduce hours or staff.

“All We Left Behind,” available for sale at the event, online and in local bookstores. Nancy Herman is a third-generation Californian who is fascinated with her state’s colorful history, including the westward migration of the 1800s. Her website, followingthedonnerparty.com, features more about her extensive travels and research.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the El Dorado County Libraries in Placerville, Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills. For additional information visit eldoradolibrary.org.

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