Msgr. Eric Barr, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of Rockford and pastor of Holy Family Parish, will sign copies of his award-winning novel, Roan: The Tales of Conor Archer Volume 1, from 2 to 4 p.m., Nov. 8, at Barnes and Noble in CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Ave.
Writing as E.R. Barr, his debut fantasy/sci-fi novel combines elements of Celtic and Native American mythology in a story set in southwest Wisconsin, along the Wisconsin River. A synopsis of the book from his website begins: “Long ago, the Tinkers exiled themselves, sailing from the western shores of Ireland, their women weeping in despair over the men folk who had consorted on the sand with the shape-shifting Roan, non-human beings from Celtic myth. The sea-wives had returned in the shape of seals bearing pups that transformed to human children as soon as they touched the sand. ‘Dark ones,’ the Tinkers called these offspring. Traveling to the New World, they found the spot where the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers flowed together — a thin place, where myths from many cultures converged and legends came to life. There, for a century and a half, the ‘dark ones’ stayed hidden and the town kept their secrets.” See more at www.erbarr.com/Synopsis.aspx#sthash.caHOpBT7.dpuf.
From the Nov. 5-11, 2014, issue