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Meet the Author – Robert E. Hawkins

December 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Meet the Author - Robert E. Hawkins

Written by Robert E. Hawkins, a graduate from West Union High School in 1988, “A Book of Matches” retells the story of a shocking murder in Peebles. The victim, Oliver Elliott (or “Zeke”) Stayner, Hawkins’ grandfather, was murdered Monday, November 28, 1949, leaving his wife and their two children “… without their guiding light.” The novel champions Hawkins’ grandmother, Edith, and her two daughters, Susan and Dottie Stayner, who found strength to move forward.

Hawkins explained that he had always had the feeling that this was a great story to write, and he wanted to honor his grandfather’s memory. After five years of research on the case, which was reported widely in Ohio newspapers, and time spent compiling information from diaries, letters, and personal memoirs, with two years spent writing, the novel is now complete.