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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 25, 2002 - The Southeast Missouri State University Press has announced that it will launch Morley Swingle's book, The Gold of Cape Girardeau, on Friday, Nov. 1.

The book will be released with a reception and booksigning on Nov.1, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the University Museum. On Nov. 2, Swingle will hold a second booksigning at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cape Girardeau at 3 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 18, Swingle will hold a lecture entitled "Researching the Historical Novel" in the University Center Ballroom.

Swingle, Cape Girardeau County's prosecuting attorney, has been working on The Gold of Cape Girardeau for more than 20 years, and it will be the first book to be published by the new University Press. The fictional novel begins with a contemporary court case in Cape Girardeau and includes the author's research of steamboat history and the Civil War as it impacted the Southeast Missouri area. The plot is held together by the tension of love, murder, deceit, honor, coming of age, war and legal battles. The story includes a cameo appearance by Samuel Clemens.

"Its publication is a dream come true. I expect it to sell well and launch the University Press on a good start. Like a James Michener novel, it combines history with fiction - in this case, the history of Cape Girardeau with a love story set in the Civil War era and a jury trial set in modern times," Swingle said.

The Gold of Cape Girardeau will be available in soft cover for $19.95 at Southeast Bookstore, Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Cape Girardeau and at the publishing office located in Room 318 of the Grauel Building. For more information about the release events, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout, Southeast professor of English, at (573) 651-2641.


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