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‘The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell’ book reading

Cover illustration for “The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell” by William Klaber.
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January 22, 2014

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present local author William Klaber for a reading from his latest novel, “The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell,” at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.

The memoir is fiction; the story is true. One day in 1855 Lucy Lobdell cut her hair, changed clothes and went off to live her life as a man. By the time it was over, she was notorious. Lucy lived at a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women. Lucy promised to write a book about it all, and over the decades, people have searched for that account. Klaber searched also, until he decided that telling her story would have to be by way of echoes and dreams.

Klaber is a part-time journalist. He lives in upstate New York on a hill overlooking Basket Creek, a short way upstream from where Lucy Lobdell lived 160 years ago.

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