November 20, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Marilyn Mumford, author of Keeping Most of Our Marbles in Play, will sign copies of her book Thursday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore, located at 400 Market St. in Lewisburg.

The book is a collection of primarily humorous essays and one children's story. "The title challenges the notion of seniors 'losing our marbles' and offers us, instead, a contrary vision," said Mumford, professor emerita of English at Bucknell.

She adds that, "Laughter keeps us limber, puts a shine on our marbles, and strengthens our resolve to enjoy life to the full."

In addition to the humorous essays, three more serious essays acknowledge that life is not all fun and games, but "if we meet the challenges of aging with courage, critical awareness and an open heart, we make room for humor to nourish our spirits."

Mumford, who received a doctorate from Penn State University, taught children's literature, medieval literature and women writers at Bucknell from 1959-2000. In 1976, she was honored with a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She co-edited and contributed a critical essay to That Great Sanity: Critical Essays on May Sarton (University of Michigan, 1992).

Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared most recently in The Healing Muse (Syracuse, N.Y.), in SKIRT! (Charleston, S.C.), and in The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.

Recently Mumford was informed that her poem, "Song from the Muse: Near Kyoto," will appear in an anthology to be published later this year by Richmond University in London.

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