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‘Spooky Towne' to feature Grammy-nominated author and musician

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Towne Book Center and Café in Collegeville will host the always popular “Spooky Towne” on Saturday, October 26 at 7 pm, when author and musician Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. will perform stories and songs from his book “The Legendary Pine Barrens: New Tales from Old Haunts”. Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. is an accomplished journalist, photographer, and musician and a multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter and recording artist. His presentations are enhanced by his engaging storytelling and musical performance skills.
The Legendary Pine Barrens: New Tales from Old Haunts, is a new collection of short stories by Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. The author introduces a rogue’s gallery of weird and colorful characters in tales that run the gamut from offbeat explanations of natural phenomena, to unconventional takes on popular legends, to strange doings in mysterious Piney towns and taverns. Pedersen puts his unique spin on such legendary local subjects as the Jersey Devil, dancing bandit Joe Mulliner, and the mysterious Blue Hole of Winslow. With this literary feast, inspired by South Jersey folklore and his love for the Pine Barrens, Paul Evans Pedersen Jr emerges as southern New Jersey’s most exciting new storyteller in decades. The prestigious Kirkus Review said about this book: This fun read is a fine work of folklore, showing tremendous dedication to the magical history of its New Jersey locale. The strong sense of place throughout the book will help acquaint new visitors, and those familiar with the area are sure to enjoy the trip back.
Comprising over 1.25 million acres in Southern New Jersey, the Pine Barrens has a colorful history. During the American colonial period leading up to the Revolutionary War, the Pine Barrens’ many settlements and industries produced a distinctive “Piney” culture notable for its rich storytelling tradition. Legends and lore have been passed down from generation to generation, including the oft-told story of the 13th child of “Mother Leeds”—the infamous, immortal Jersey Devil.
Please call Towne Book Center and Café at 610-454-0640 to reserve your spot and for more information about this event. The bookstore is located at 220 Plaza Drive – Suite B-3 , Collegeville, PA 19426.
The above press release was provided by Marcela Dunham