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Author Sue Cronkite to share her story

Sue Riddle Cronkite, author, journalist and local historian will be the featured Women’s History Month speaker at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library. 

The event will be held at the library on Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m.

At the event, Cronkite will tell “Herstory” of an accomplished career spanning the fields of journalism, local history, and now fiction writing as she gives voice to the Wiregrass country of her birth in two engaging novels – Louette’s Wake and White Sheets: Where the Hippies Meet the Ku Klux Klan.

Admission is free and will include remarks by Cronkite, question-and-answer with the author, books for sale and signing, and light refreshments. The event is hosted by the library’s friends group, PALS, and is supported by Downtown Books and Purl.

“Celebrating local women of influence and accomplishment is the purpose of this March event,” said Library Director Lucy Carter. 

“Sue Cronkite’s career is just breathtaking,” said PALS Board Member Liz Perkins. “Her first newspaper job was for the Geneva (Alabama) County Reaper, and she went on to own, edit and report for a series of newspapers in the South, in addition to spending a decade at the Birmingham (Alabama) News as copy editor, assistant state editor, and editorial page writer.” 

Cronkite has taught journalism, edited and published local history books including Apalachicola before 1861 by Harry P. Owens, the late professor of history at the University of Mississippi. 

Affectionately known as Mama Sue, she has made many local friends by her unstinting help with and advice about writing. Cronkite now writes fiction, dividing her time between Apalachicola, and Geneva, Alabama.

For more information about this event, stop by the library at the corner of 12th Street and Avenue E.

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