GALLIPOLIS — A hometown author Lindsey Godwin Pettee will make an appearance at Bossard Memorial Library this weekend to talk about her novel and engage in a book-signing event.
Pettee will be at the library between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Pettee writes under the pen name Beth Richards. Her first major public novel “Never the Same” will be available for $15. Pettee is a 2005 graduate of River Valley High School.
“Lindsey’s family is well known in the community. Her grandfather, Joe Godwin, was a minister for many years here who retired,” said Bossard Memorial Library Director Deb Saunders. “Her family is here in the area still. Lindsey’s husband is in the military and stationed in Japan, but she’ll be getting a brief period of time where she will be back here before (the pair) relocate back to the states later this month.”
Pettee’s husband serves in the U.S. Navy. She is the daughter of Tim and Becky Godwin and the granddaughter of Buzzy and Betty Call and Joseph and Shirley Godwin.
According to Saunders, 10 percent of all book sales will be donated back to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and service organization for military veterans that offers a variety of services, functions and events that aid wounded veterans of military actions that followed the events of Sept. 11. The charity is chiefly headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.
“We’ll have an author talk and book signing,” Saunders said. “(Pettee) will actually be speaking some that day, but it’s mostly going to be meeting and book signing.”
According to information gathered, Pettee should also be available for questions and answers.
“Never the Same’s” plot synopsis says the “differences between all-American Midwest farm kid Briggs Sullivan and silver-spooned city slicker Lucy Cartwright are undeniable, but when they meet in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the attraction between them is instantaneous. As they delve into a long-distance romance, Lucy’s haunted past underscored by a depressed, absent mother and a workaholic father with a huge secret, seems, for the first time, alleviated. But, just nine months after their first meeting, September 11, 2001, comes along, derailing in every way Briggs and Lucy’s plan for happily ever after.”
Saunders has said the book is labeled in the fiction category.
“I’m thrilled that my first official book signing will be held in Gallipolis and can hardly wait to come home to the community that has loved and supported me my entire life,” Pettee said.
Dean Wright an be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.