Local Poet and Author, LB Sedlacek, Nominated for 2018 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Laura Sedlacek) — Local poet, Laura Sedlacek, (writing as LB Sedlacek) has had her mystery novel, “The Glass River” nominated for the 2018 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.  “The Glass River” is a mystery set in and around Caldwell County, specifically Happy Valley.

Book Summary:  Private Detective Chance Richardson stumbles upon the brutally murdered body of Al Bryant out near Happy Valley, North Carolina – the site of the infamous real-life Tom Dooley murder of Laura Foster – after intercepting a CB broadcast asking for help. A local town drunk by the name of Henry Lee Coffey is found near the crime scene and arrested for Al’s murder. Henry’s wife, Ruby, was also killed in a similar manner several years ago which caused Henry to abandon his job, home and to drink. Chance’s pal, newspaper reporter Kelly Grant, is asked by her former high school nemesis Mary Beth Coffey Dula to check into the crime for Henry’s sake. Chance and Kelly start nosing around the former Henry Coffey house, Al Bryant’s place, into Ruby Coffey’s murder and in and around the Happy Valley area and dig a little into the Tom Dooley legend.

The book can be ordered on Amazon.comhttps://www.amazon.com/Glass-River-LB-Sedlacek/dp/1973173204

Laura began writing with song lyrics when she was 12 years old.  After going to graduate school at Wake Forest University, she met Maya Angelou and became interested in playwriting and poetry.  Last year, she created the Facebook page “Poetry in LA” where she writes and posts poems all about LA – the Lenoir Area.  She has given local readings from the book.  Her latest poetry book is “Words and Bones” coming out from Finishing Line Press this summer.

To learn more, visit her website at http://www.lbsedlacek.com or Facebook: @lbsedlacekpoet.  You can also find her on Instagram:  @poetryinla and Twitter: @lbsedlacek or @frugalpoet  The poetry book about Lenoir, “Poetry in LA” is available on Amazon.com or at the Caldwell Heritage Museum or Caldwell Arts Council.