WEST JEFFERSON — Friends of the Library will present writer and Navy veteran P.T. Deutermann as a special feature of the On the Same Page Literary Festival, Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Ashe County Public Library’s Community Room.

Deutermann will read a selection of stories from his 21 novels, ranging from WWII to present day spying. He published his first book in 1980, a handbook for navy operation officers, through the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis, Md., and started writing fiction in 1990.

His first novel, entitled “Scorpion in the Sea,” was published through George Mason University Press. He soon earned a contract with St. Martin’s Press. Several of his later books are optioned for feature film development. His latest work, entitled “The Nugget,” is the sixth in a WWII Naval series and is scheduled for release in October 2019.

The American Library Association named him the recipient of the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for his novel “Pacific Glory.”

A 1963 graduate of the Naval Academy, Deutermann has a bachelor’s degree in naval engineering and a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. He also is a graduate of the Royal College of Defense Studies in London.

Deutermann served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years and was the commander of the USS Tattnall between 1981 and 1983. He retired from active duty in 1989 with the rank of captain. Born in Boston, Mass., he now lives in Rockingham County in North Carolina with his wife, Susan Cornelia Degenhardt. Together they run a Dartmoor pony breeding farm.

The Friends of the Library is a long-time supporter of the On the Same Page Literary Festival and hosts one of the festival’s opening programs every year as their September meeting. FOL meets every fourth Wednesday of the month from February through October, except in September when the meeting is moved to the third Wednesday to coincide with the literary festival. Light refreshments are served at the meetings. New members are welcome, and the membership, at $10 per year, includes a 10 percent discount off the books and other items donated for sale in the Friends Corner, located left of the main door of the library. FOL fundraising is used to supplement library programming, events and other offerings.

Like all FOL functions, the program on Sept. 18 is free and open to the public, whether you are attending the literary festival or not. Everyone is encouraged to come and hear P.T. Deutermann at 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Ashe County Public Library.

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