Journalist, novelist and screenwriter Robert Inman will be the guest speaker at the Friends’ of the Library annual business meeting April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas J. Leath Memorial Library in Rockingham.
Leath Library Director Jessie Gibson explained Inman visited the organization in the past, and was such a big hit they asked him back.
“I’m excited to host such a well-known regional author and television personality at Leath Library,” Gibson said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a big turnout and get a lot of new members for Friends of the Library.”
Inman began his writing career at a weekly newspaper in his hometown in Alabama in junior high school.
From there, he launched into television journalism, and eventually landed for two stints as an anchorman for Charlotte’s WBTV in the 1970’s and 80’s.
In 1996, however, Inman abandoned his 31-year career in journalism to devote himself to creative writing full-time.
He and his wife now split their time between Charlotte and Boone.
His four published novels are Home Fires Burning, Old Dogs and Children, Dairy Queen Days and Captain Saturday.
In addition, Inman has authored seven stage plays and six screenplays.
Two of his screenplays, The Summer of Ben Tyler and Home Fires Burning were chosen to be Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations.
The annual business meeting of the Friends of the Library is a chance for the group to install new officers and offer culture to the citizens of Richmond County.
“This is a really special annual meeting for us,” said Friends of the Library President Cassandra Crump. “We have a great speaker, and it’s free to the public. This is our gift to the community.”
Inman’s books will be available for purchase at the event.
Staff Writer Philip D. Brown can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 32, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.