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Hammond Library to host author fair, photo exhibit

Joe Ladendorf's work will be on display at the Hammond Public Library.

The Hammond Public Library has a slew of cultural events, including a Dunes National Lakeshore presentation Thursday, an author fair Saturday and an ongoing photography exhibit that will be on display through June.

Park rangers will tell people about natural resources and programs at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 564 State St.

"Explore a new world of possibilities by learning about the numerous programs at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore," the library said in a news release. "Animal lovers will have the opportunity to view live native species that are commonly seen at the lakeshore."

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, the library will have an author fair with writers Elvis Slaughter and Veronica Rose.

Slaughter, a criminologist, has written a number of books, such as "The Ghost of Hollandale," The American Genocide," "The Malcolm X Project," "Epiphany or Sin" and "Egomaniac."

"Elvis Slaughter is the author of 'Egomaniac,' a riveting psychological suspense thriller. The book takes place in a small, peaceful town in the Northwest, where people are dying in one particular house," the library said in a news release. "Each death is ruled a suicide, but acting on a deeper suspicion, a small group of citizens determine the event to be something larger. To save their own lives, they must uncover the secrets behind each death."

The library also is displaying work by photographer Joe Ladendorf, a self-described "electrician by trade, and a photographer for love."

His award-winning work is represented by Courtyard Gallery in New Buffalo, Michigan, and Paul Henry's Art Gallery in Hammond. A selection of his pieces will be shown in three galleries on the first and second floors.

"I became interested in photography at the age of 18, when my father gave me my first real camera as a Christmas gift," Ladendorf said. "I had always loved the outdoors, constantly finding myself in the woods, whether camping, fishing, hunting or just exploring. I instantly fell in love with the camera, and recording my ever-expanding travels. After working in the steel mills for awhile, I started traveling regularly, and discovered a love for hiking in the mountains. Never were two hobbies more compatible, hiking through the wilderness and photography."

His photography is on display during regular library hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday though Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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