The story of the world’s best-selling series for young readers is also the story of Leslie McFarlane, the hidden ghost writer whose nimble mind and tap-dancing fingers helped make the “Hardy Boys” books an astonishing and long-lasting success.
The speaker, local resident Norah A. Perez, the daughter of Leslie, is also an award-winning author of six young adult historical novels and a recently published memoir titled “When The Bough Breaks, A Canadian Love Story.” She will relate how a youthful Leslie, who once aspired to write the great Canadian novel, became the ghost writer for the original “Hardy Boys” enterprise – three mysteries first published in 1927 – to help pay the bills during the depth of the Great Depression. Perez will also relate personal anecdotes of growing up with a stay-at-home dad who supported a family of five in the bleakest of times without a regular paycheck, but whose boundless creativity, sense of fun, and zest for adventure provided his three children with what they recall as an idyllic childhood in the Canadian north.
The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. The public is welcome. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Free admission and light refreshments will be served.
RSVP is appreciated. Contact Marcia at 716-390-8761 or call the Lewiston Public Library at 716-754-4720.