CROWN POINT | The Friends of the Crown Point Community Library will present its second annual Literary Luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at the First United Methodist Church, 352 S. Main St.
The event will include a special presentation in honor of Veterans Day by Indiana author Ray Boomhower, featuring his work "Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu" (IHS Press, 2010), a sit-down lunch, and a raffle drawing for gift baskets.
Tickets are $20, and include the meal and program. They are available at the Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St., at www.crownpointlibrary.org or by calling Laura Clemons at (219) 306-4599. Seating is limited.
Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society’s quarterly popular history magazine, "Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History."
A native of Mishawaka, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science and received his master’s degree in U.S. history from IU, Indianapolis, in 1995. Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two "The Rensselaer Republican" and "The Anderson Herald."
In 1998, he received the Hoosier Historian award from the IHS and, in 2010, he was named winner of the Regional Author Award in the annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards.
Along with numerous articles for history periodicals, Boomhower has authored a dozen books, including “One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi" (IHS Press, 2004); "Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut" (IHS Press, 2004); "The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace" (IHS Press, 2005); "The Soldier’s Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle" (IHS Press, 2006); and "The People’s Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana" (IHS Press, 2012).