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Scarborough Society to sponsor November 7 reading by writer Emily Keefer 

ISSUED: 13 October 2023
MEDIA CONTACT: Cecelia Mason

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Scarborough Society will host a fall Art and Lecture Series event on Tuesday, November 7, at 6 p.m. in the Scarborough Library Reading Room. Alumna Emily Keefer will present a reading from her debut book “The Stars on Vita Felice Court,” followed by a chance to discuss and ask questions. The program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

Photo of Emily Keefer holding her book The Stars on Vital Felice Court.The book follows Val Beckley, a teenager yearning to escape her small town in the hope of becoming something more. Feeling trapped in West Virginia, Val convinces herself that she has found the new start she’s looking for in the desert of suburban Mesa, Arizona, with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also widely known as the Mormon or LDS church.

Discovering new meaning of home, love, and family, Val takes a journey that leads her to the most unexpected discoveries of all: what resides in her own heart, what creates a happy life, and where she truly belongs.

The Scarborough Society is a friends of the library organization sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation. Annual membership dues help support library acquisitions, technology, and programs. Membership is open to all interested supporters of the Scarborough Library.

For more information about the lecture series or joining the Scarborough Society, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397 or visit

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