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  • About Books: Auto book writers to attend Glenmoor Gathering

  • It’s where the readers meet the road enthusiasts.

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  • It’s where the readers meet the road enthusiasts. Nationally-known automotive authors — a traditional part of the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles — will hold book signings at Glenmoor Country Club during the annual auto exhibition Sept. 16.
    This year’s show will feature Burt Levy, who will be signing “The Last Open Road”; Andrew Beckman, who will be premiering his book “Studebaker’s Last Dance”; and Michael Banks, who will have copies of his book “Crosley and Crosley Motors.”
    Beckman also will be giving a seminar Sept. 14 that offers a fresh look at the legendary Studebaker Avanti. Beckman is archivist of the Studebaker National Museum.
    The authors also will be on hand for the gala Glenmoor Gathering dinner Sept. 15. The 18th annual Concours D’Elegance will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glenmoor Country Club in Jackson Township. Tickets are $25, which includes a souvenir program.
    Levy’s “The Last Open Road is a novel — a “cartoonish coming-of-ager,” says Kirkus Reviews, “a year in the life of a bunch of lovable New Jersey palookas on the upper-crusty open-road car-race circuit.”
    “Studebaker’s Last Dance” looks at “how America’s oldest automobile manufacturer came to build ‘America’s Most Advanced Automobile,’ ” according to information at studebakermuseum.org.
    Banks’ book, “Crosley and Crosley Motors: An Illustrated History of America’s First Compact Car and the Company that Built It,” traces the auto “from its beginnings as a rough, back-of-the-napkin sketch in 1937, to its life beyond production and into the 21st Century,” according to information supplied at Amazon.com.
    “The Crosley introduced such revolutionary innovations as disc brakes, the first SUV, a do-it-all farm vehicle, the Cobra engine with its sheet-metal block, surprising styling tricks, retail-store marketing, fuel economy that Detroit still hasn’t equaled.”
    •Ron L. Kuntz of Rittman will sign copies of his book, “The Redemption of Lilith-Eve,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Sam’s Creamery and Cafe at 88 N. Main St., Rittman. “In ‘The Awakening of Adam,’ I told you the story of Adam, a lonely, frustrated, and guilt-ridden whistlepig,” notes the author in publicity information for his book. “All of his concerns were erased by his marvelous awakening. Now I shall tell you of ‘The Redemption of Lilith-Eve.’ ”
    • Sally Nitz of Akron, will sign copies of her book, “A Work in Progress,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at Caribou Coffee, One N. Hawkins Ave., Akron. “Finding faith and a heart for others suffering like her, Sally embarked on a career as a hospital chaplain,” explains publicity information, “and discovered the joys of ministering to others.”

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