Dr. George Edward Stanley, Professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and Linguistics at Cameron University, will sign copies of his new children's book, "Night Fires," at the CU Bookstore on Tuesday, June 23. Signings will take place from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and from 2 - 3 p.m. Kirkus Reviews calls the historical novel, aimed at children ages 8-12, "a solid work for the intended audience."
"Night Fires" is the story of one boy's struggle to discover who has father was - and who he wants to become. After Woodrow Harper's father is killed in an automobile accident, he and his mother move to Lawton, OK, his father's hometown, to start a new life. In his new next-door neighbor, Senator Crawford, Woodrow finds a father figure who shares his interests and understands him in a way his own father never did. But in 1923 there are ugly secrets beneath the surface in Lawton, and the senator is at the heart of them. Drawn in to the Ku Klux Klan, Woodrow's need to belong leads him to desperate choices that force him to betray everything his father believed in.
Stanley joined the CU faculty in 1970 and was named to the CU Faculty Hall of Fame in 2005. Other honors include a Fulbright Professorship to the University N'Djamena, Chad; National Member of the Year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; and induction into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. He has authored more than 100 books for young people, more than 200 short stories which have appeared in American, British, Irish and South African magazines, and linguistics articles for major international journals. He is also the author of "Writing Short Stories for Young People," published by Writer's Digest Books.
June 10, 2009