Author joins book discussions via Skype

Greene County Reads Skype
Jefferson public library photo

Those who attended the Greene County Reads book discussions Thursday of “Sisters of Shiloh” were treated to a surprise guest. Author Becky Hepinstall joined the discussions on Skype from her home in Virginia.

 “It was an honor to have the author of the book we read be part of our discussions this year. Becky Hepinstall discovered we were discussing her book and offered to Skype in to our discussions on Thursday,” explained Jefferson library director Jane Millard. “She answered many questions about women who disguised themselves to fight as soldiers in the Civil War.  She added so much to the discussion by sharing how much research went into the book and how the characters were developed.”

 “Sisters of Shiloh” is about two sisters who join and fight for the Confederacy. Interestingly, the book is written by two sisters, Kathy and Becky Hepinstall. Both are writers on their own; this was their first collaboration.  Research, writing and publishing the book took 12 years. Co-author and sister Kathy Hepinstall was unable to join the Skype session.

The six libraries of Greene County have been hosting a county-wide book discussion for 10 years.  Sponsored by the Greene County board of supervisors, the event is usually held in the spring. This year, a total of 38 persons attended discussions in Grand Junction, Paton and Jefferson.

 “We always have good book discussions with Jan Scharingson leading them each year.  This year, having the author join us, made it really memorable experience for everyone who attended,” Millard said.


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