St. Vincent writers series hosts Connellsville native
Author and Connellsville native Margo Orlando Littell will discuss her book, “Each Vagabond by Name,” on Nov. 15 as part of the Visiting Writers Series at St. Vincent College.
The free talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the Sis and Herman Dupree Science Pavilion on the Unity campus.
Littell says her novel was inspired by real-life events in the Connellsville area in the early 2000s.
“There was a series of home invasions by a group that local people called ‘gypsies,' whether they were really ethnic gypsies or not,” she says. “I was intrigued by the idea of strangers coming into a small town that doesn't see many strangers.”
Set in the fictional southwestern Pennsylvania coal-mining town of Shelk, the story chronicles the reactions of townspeople to the itinerants. Tension mounts between two who sympathize with them and others who see them as a threat.
The book was published this year by UNO Press at the University of New Orleans and received the school's Publishing Lab Prize.
Littell earned a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. The Mapelwood, N.J., resident says she returns to the area frequently to visit family and share favorite places like Pittsburgh and the Yough River Trail with her husband and two daughters.