ACTC offers Lincoln book forum

Published 10:05 pm Saturday, January 31, 2009

ASHLAND, Ky. — As part of the 2008-09 Lincoln Bicentennial celebration, ACTC will hold a four-session discussion of “Manhunt, the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.”

The four sessions will be held from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 3 to 24, in the Mansbach Library at the College Drive Campus. Each session will cover several chapters of the book.

Abraham Lincoln’s murder set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild chase through Maryland and Virginia while the nation watched in horror.

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“Manhunt,” the New York Times bestseller by James L. Swanson, gives a thoroughly researched hour-by-hour account of the hunt that is “as gripping a page-turner as anything you’ll find on the mystery shelf,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Swanson tells the story of murder, intrigue and betrayal through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters in a way that infuses the historical records with high drama, according to the New York Times.

The moderator will be Professor Matthew Onion, director of library services. ACTC faculty members Joe Frye, adjunct history instructor, and Dan Cooksey, criminal justice instructor, will join the discussion.

The free discussion is open to ACTC students, faculty, staff and adult area residents. Preregistration is required by Feb. 3.

To register, come to the library or call 606-326-2169. Copies of the book are available in the library.