Out & About: Etna Library talk to be a blast from the author Mary Roach’s past

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/31/2021 8:18:10 AM
Modified: 10/31/2021 8:18:11 AM

A popular nonfiction writer will give a virtual talk at the Etna Library.

Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, among other titles, will discuss her writing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of the Jerry Nunnally Speaker Series. A link for the event can be found at hanovernh.org/etna-library.

“She was very enthusiastic about doing this and we’re very grateful for that,” said Jeff Metzler, who recently started in the role as librarian in Etna after longtime librarian Barbara Prince retired in September. “It’s exciting to have this big of an event right off the bat.”

The series is named after the late Jerry Nunnally, an Etna resident who had strong connections to the library.

“We’ve had local people generally for this series,” Metzler said.

One of the library’s trustees mentioned that Roach spent part of her youth in Etna and suggested that Metzler reach out to see if she would do an event for the library.

“We weren’t sure if she’d be interested or respond,” Metzler said. “She was in this area for quite a long time and still has a lot of connections here, so (she) was very willing to do this.”

Roach will discuss her latest book, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, which was released this September. She will joining the program virtually from California.

The program will not be a typical lecture. Instead it will follow the format of “letting Mary kind of talk about what she wants to and what audience members want to know about,” Metzler said. “There will be opportunities for audience members on Zoom to post questions.”

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.

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