Tim Kreider book signing

At Aaron's Books in Lititz Feb. 1, Tim Kreider speaks with people waiting for his signature on the book he co-authored. The book is about coping with the aftermath of his son, Alec, being jailed for committing a triple murder.

Tim Kreider will appear with Holtwood writer Shawn Smucker to discuss and sign the book “Refuse to Drown: A Father’s Unthinkable Choice” at 7 p.m. March 5 at Pequea Valley Public Library, 13 Center St., Intercourse.

The book relates Kreider’s emotional devastation and recovery after his son Alec revealed he had murdered his Manheim Township High School classmate Kevin Haines and his parents in 2007. In it, Kreider urges mentally troubled people to seek help before they act out on violent impulses.

‘Pacifists’ author visits E-town center

Duane Stoltzfus, a professor of communication at Goshen College who also works at The Mennonite Quarterly Review, will discuss the research for his latest book, “Pacificists in Chains,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bucher Meetinghouse, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.

His talk is titled “Narrating the Harrowing Journey of Four Hutterites During the Great War” and involves these men who were chained in the dungeon at Alcatraz when they refused to perform military service during World War I. Two later died at Fort Leavenworth in 1918.

Poets featured in three cities

Lancaster, Harrisburg and Scranton will be the scenes of three celebrations of the written/spoken word this week.

•Hummelstown resident Jack Veasey, author of 11 collections of poetry, will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a meeting of the Lancaster Poetry Exchange at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1700-H Fruitville Pike. His latest book is “Shapely: Selected Formal Poems.”

•Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel will host Lancaster County residents Erin Dorney and Tyler Barton, with host Christian Thiede, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third St., Harrisburg.

The featured poets are founders of the literary website thetrianglepa.com, which covers Lancaster, Harrisburg and York.

•The Writers’ Showcase at The Vintage, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, will feature Lancaster County poets Le Hinton and Jeff Rath, along with Laura Duda, Kevin McDonough and Amanda J. Bradley, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

Hinton owns Iris G. Press and publishes the literary journal Fledgling Rag. His books of poetry include “The God of Our Dreams.”

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project selected his poem “Epidemic” to be made into a poster for statewide distribution. His poem “Our Ballpark” is part of a sculpture installed at Clipper Magazine Stadium as part of the Poetry Paths project.

Rath, a former Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of three collections of poetry published by Iris G. Press, including “Film Noir.”

All three events are free to the public.

Food for fines in Quarryville

Quarryville Library is offering patrons a chance to pay off overdue fines by donating food and personal hygiene items. The offer extends through Friday, Feb. 28, with all donations being passed along to the local food bank.

These items will erase one fined item: 5-ounce can chunk chicken, can of Vienna sausages, other nonperishable foods and deodorant.

These items will erase two fined items: juice boxes/pouches, saltines, cleaning supplies, shampoo, bar soap and other hygiene items.

All food items must carry an expiration date of Sept. 1, 2014, or later.

Signing of ‘Social Media’ set

Rob Anspach will discuss and sign his book “Share: 27 Ways to Boost Your Social Media Experience, Build Trust and Attract Followers” from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at BR Books, 1933 Fruitville Pike.

March book discussions listed

The public is invited to join in discussions of the following:

•Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” anytime during March, questions will be posted online at lancasterpublic-


•Tracy Chevalier’s “The Last Runaway,” 3 p.m. March 2, Aaron’s Books, Lititz.

•Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” 6:30 p.m. March 3, Strasburg-Heisler Library.

•Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms,” 7 p.m. March 3, Eastern Lancaster County Library, New Holland.

•Emma Donoghue’s “Room,” 6:30 p.m. March 4, Ephrata Public Library.

•Richard Harvell’s “The Bells,” 7 p.m. March 4, Pequea Valley Library.

•William Faulkner’s short story “That Evening Sun,” 10 a.m. March 5, Lancaster Public Library.

•Tony Judt’s “Ill Fares the Land,” 6 p.m. March 5, Lancaster Public Library.

•A.S. King’s “Please Ignore Vera Dietz,” 6:30 p.m. March 11, Ephrata Public Library.

•Agatha Christie’s “Cat Among Pigeons,” 5:30 p.m. March 11, Aaron’s Books, Lititz.

•William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” 6 p.m. March 12, Lancaster Public Library.

•Susan Cain’s “Quiet,” 10 a.m. March 12, Manheim Township Public library.

•Beatrice Ojakangas’ “The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever,” 6:30 p.m. March 13, Ephrata Public Library. (Prepare a recipe from the book and bring for sampling.)

•Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” 10 a.m. March 13, Lancaster Public Library.

•Orson Scott Card’s “Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus,” 6 p.m. March 13, Lancaster Public Library.

•Muriel Spark’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” 9:15 a.m. March 15, Elizabethtown Public Library.

•James Dasher’s “A Mutiny in Time,” 4 p.m. March 17, Ephrata Public Library (tweens).

•William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” (“No Fear Shakespeare” version), 4 p.m. March 19, Columbia Public Library (young adults).

•Yuki Midorikawa’s “Natsume’s Book of Friends,” 4 p.m. March 19, Ephrata Public Library (teens).

•Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” 6:30 p.m. March 19, Adamstown Area Library.

•Livia J. Washburn’s “A Peach of a Murder,” 6:30 p.m. March 20, Ephrata Public Library.

•Carl Hiaasen's "Skinny Dip," 6 p.m. March 20, Moores Memorial Library, Christiana.

•Jami Attenberg’s “The Middlesteins,” 7 p.m. March 20, Klehr Center for Jewish Life, Franklin & Marshall College.

•Christine Lynxwiler’s “Cowgirl at Heart,” 6:30 p.m. March 25, Ephrata Public Library.

•Jackson Taylor’s “The Blue Orchard,” 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 25, Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy.

•Sue Lange’s “The Perpetual Motion Club,” 4 p.m. March 31, Ephrata Public Library (teens).