Moline reading planned for new Rock Island Line novel


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Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 2:45 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
The Rock Island Line comes alive in a new novel, and excerpts of it will be read by the author at a free event at 2 p.m. Saturday at theRock Island County Historical Society, 822 11th Ave., Moline.

Author Michelle Dobbs will sign copies and read from her book, "The Rock Island Line: Conversations Over Chicken and Dumplings," published by Sugarfoot Publications.

The fictional but historically rooted African-American family saga comes from an old blues song and the eponymous railroad line that inspired it. Set in Rock Island, beginning in 1924, the Moore family story is told from the perspective of Lilly, a "willful daughter living a more or less idyllic life in the hard-working but prosperous Moore household," according to a synopsis.

Lilly is learning, in the heart of the Moore clan, the unique responsibilities they shoulder, both unwillingly and willingly for the good of the Rock Island Line that is her family legacy. "In finding peace with the settlers of the growing city and within herself, Lilly learns that love defies both color and class, and that families come in many packages," according to a description on amazon.com.

Ms. Dobbs' professional experience spans working as an educator, consultant, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. She lives in Milwaukee.

For more information, visit mmdobbs.com.



















 



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  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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