June 28, 2018 – Author Deedie Runkel will sign copies of her book “Scone by Scone: Tales from an Innkeeper’s Life” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, on the main floor of Salina Public Library. Copies of the book will be available for sale during the signing.

After many years on the East Coast of building communities and advocacy work, Runkel moved West with her husband David in 2002 to take over a struggling bed and breakfast that caters to theater lovers attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. “Scone by Scone” shares Runkel’s experiences at the inn through myriad situations, including weddings, unexpected reunions and actors at breakfast. Each chapter also includes recipes from the inn’s prize-winning menu.

“To our surprise, we discovered that innkeeping is indeed our vocation,” Runkel said. “It’s inspiring, transforming work, and calls on skills we didn’t know we had. And is laced with entirely unexpected ingredients — the love and friendship of many amazing people who came to us as guests but whom we now count as treasured friends for life.”

Runkel majored in English at Penn State and recently earned her master’s degree in writing from University of California – Riverside. Her first book, an autobiography titled “Boxes: Lifting the Lid on an American Life,” was published in 2010. Her opinion pieces and articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Friends Journal and other publications.

For more information on opportunities for artists and authors at the library, please contact Lori Berezovsky at infoservices.lori@salpublib.org, (785) 825-4624, ext. 249, or visit library at 301 W. Elm.