'Orphan Train' author to hold book signing

Friday, December 7, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Author Alison Moore will be available to sign her book, "Riders on the Orphan Train," at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at the Book Nook in Pine Mountain Village.

Moore's book is a fictional account of two children surrendered by their parents to ride the orphan train, which placed the children with various families across the country. Between 1854 and 1929, more than 250,000 children rode the train.

The novel is an outgrowth of a multi-media presentation called Riders on the Orphan Train, which Moore has been performing in libraries and museums since 1998.

That program was developed for the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, Inc. in Springdale, Ark., and now is the official touring outreach program for The National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center in Concordia, Kan.

Moore is an alumni of The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. She now lives in Austin, Texas when she's not on the road. She left her position as a professor of a creative writing program in 1998 to become an itinerant performer.

Her 14 years of touring and performing has allowed her to research and get to know many Orphan Train Riders by taking part in national reunions.

Moore has developed public outreach programs for the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, Inc. and for ArtsReach, a Native American literacy project in Southern Arizona.

She is the author of three previous books, a collection of short stories entitled "The Middle of Elsewhere," a novel, "Synonym for Love" and a collection of short stories, "Small Spaces Between Emergencies," which was chosen by The American Library Association as one of the Notable Books of 1993.

For more information on Moore, check out her Facebook page, Riders on the Orphan Train, or visit www.alisonmoorebooks.com or www.ridersontheorphantrain.org.

For more information about the book signing, call The Writers Colony at 479-253-7444 or email director@writerscolony.org.

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