Rockford Institute to host public forum on Black Sea book

The Rockford Institute will host a public forum at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 31, to release the latest book from Chronicles Press, Black Sea Sketches, by Missouri-based travel writer, photographer, novelist and poet William Mills.

The forum will include a reading and book signing, as well as a presentation by Institute President Thomas Fleming on the politics surrounding the extensive natural resources of the Black Sea region.

“The action in Iraq is a sideshow compared to the international scramble for resources that is coming in the Black Sea region,” said Fleming, “and Black Sea Sketches is an indispensable guide. A seasoned traveler and accomplished writer of fiction, Mills makes the peoples and the conflicts come alive.”

Mills, whose work has been praised by novelists James Dickey and Gordon Weaver, is a widely traveled essayist, novelist, photographer and poet who hails from Missouri. He is the author of 13 books including The Arkansas: An American River, Bears and Men: A Gathering; a novel, Those Who Blink; and a short story collection, Properties of Blood.

Admission to the forum is $10, $15 for couples, and $1 for high school and college students (free to members of the press). A buffet reception will follow the forum. Seating is limited. For more information, or to reserve a space at the forum, call Christopher Check, executive vice president, at 964-5811.

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