Ashland University Professor Scheduled for Reading and Book Signing in Mansfield

Ashland University Professor Scheduled for Reading and Book Signing in MansfieldAshland University Professor Scheduled for Reading and Book Signing in Mansfield

5/27/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Professor of English Dr. Joe Mackall will conduct a reading and book signing at Main Street Books in Mansfield on Friday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mackall is the author of “Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish,” a book of nonfiction. “Plain Secrets” tells the story of Mackall’s long friendship with his Swartzentruber Amish neighbors, the Shetlers. In doing so he creates a nuanced and moving portrait of this most traditional Amish sect.

Mackall also is the author of “The Last Street Before Cleveland,” a memoir of returning to the places of his past after a childhood friend passes away. In looking for answers about his lost friend, he stumbles onto larger questions about himself. The book recently came out in paperback, and both his books are available for purchase at Main Street Books. If you cannot attend the event but would like a signed book, please contact the store ahead of time.

In addition to being an author and professor, Mackall is co-founder and co-editor of “River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.” His work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, as well as on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” He is director of creative writing at Ashland University. He is working on a new memoir tentatively titled, “Grandparents in Paradise: Life in the Face of the Fall.”

For further information about the event, contact Llalan Fowler, manager of Main Street Books, 104 North Main Street, Mansfield, at 419.522.BOOK, or

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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