Author Gregory Randle to present book talk and signing at Marshall Public Library

  • 08 May 2014
  • 2:00 PM
  • 612 Archer Avenue, in Marshall, Illinois

Author of historical fiction about the building of the Hutsonville Bridge to appear at Marshall Public Library

Thursday, May 8, 2014
2:00 pm


Gregory Randle says of his newly released book, "The Last Ferryman is a novel that I think of as historical fiction, as it is loosely based upon the building of the Hutsonville bridge that brought an end to the long-running ferry there.”  A book talk and signing for Randle will take place at Marshall Public Library (Marshall, IL), on Thursday, May 8th, at 2:00 PM (CDT), in the library’s Dale McConchie Meeting Room.

Gregory Randle grew up on the Wabash River in southeastern Illinois. He was raised to have a wary respect for the river, hearing stories of its bounty as well as its hidden dangers. Later, when he was old enough to patch holes in an old wooden boat and operate a small motor loaned to him by his grandfather, Randle spent hours on the river reveling in its wildness and beauty.  In The Last Ferryman, author Gregory Randle has created a compelling saga that masterfully intertwines the transition from ferry to bridge with the changes that take place within the community and within Buck’s family.  This is his first novel.


Randle has a keen eye for detail, drawing evocative images of both the situation and the people involved, as well as offering spot-on character dialogue. The Last Ferryman isn’t simply the story of progress supplanting obsolescence. The mood, the community, and the time all come alive in this rich and beautifully presented tale.

For more information or to register for this free author program, please call 217-826-2535 or email the library at  The library is located at 612 Archer Avenue, in Marshall, Illinois, and is handicapped accessible.  Books are available for sale for $15.00.

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