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Community / Library to host first online book launch

Author Marsali Taylor.

SHETLAND Library is preparing for its first online book launch since all events were put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.

Death from a Shetland Cliff by local author Marsali Taylor is the eighth novel in her sailing mystery crime series and it will be launched via the library’s Facebook page on 1 October at 7.30pm.

The novel sees local sailor Cass Lynch returning to her home waters, where she becomes entangled in a family saga of greed, inheritance and hidden truths.

Taylor said she was looking forward to launching her new book over the internet as this would allow readers from all over the world to join in.

“A central character in the book is Tamar, who’s still sharp and active in her nineties, so the launch will celebrate ‘indestructible oldies’ with videos and contributions from other local writers,” she said.

Support services librarian Catherine Jeromson the event will include a number of pre-recorded presentations and readings from Taylor and other local writers, followed by the author answering questions live in the comments section of Facebook.

Jeromson said: “It is great to be able to do book events again, albeit in a different way from what we have been used to.

“The online event ensures it is safe, in the current circumstances, and it’s also more accessible to readers who may not have been able to attend a library event before, so that they can enjoy it from the comfort of their own home.”

The Shetland Library Facebook page can be found at: www.facebook.com/ShetlandLibrary