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Author to speak, sign at library


Woodstock resident promoting latest work



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Leila Philip. (click for larger version)
February 22, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Author Leila Philip will read from and sign her 2009 revised book, "A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family," at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Jacob Edwards Library.

Philip, a Holy Cross English professor who resides in Woodstock, Conn., with her husband and son, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. She used the fellowship to continue work on exploring the life of 84-year-old Hawaiian potter Toshiko Takaezu.

In the book, Philip extensively researched her family's connection to their farm in Hudson, N.Y. In the book, she detailed her family's involvement with the Revolutionary, Civil, Spanish-American and World Wars.

"It took about five years to do all of the research and there were a lot of levels to the research," said Philip. "I spent months and months tracking things down through different historical societies and libraries."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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