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Author Series 12th Year Kicks off with Mystery Writer

05 Mar 2017 5:22 PM | Anonymous

The following review of Tuesday night’s guest author for the Friends of the Library was written by board member Florence Allen

AP Reporter Is Most Recent Visiting Author In Series

Local Columbus resident, Andrew Welsh-Huggins spoke to an enthusiastic audience, on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  He introduced himself as an AP reporter during the day and a book author in the early morning hours. 

As a 6 year old, he fell in love with libraries and books.  Three series of books shaped his impressions of authors and books.  He started with The Doctor Doolittle series written by Hugh Lofting.  He then read the series the Happy Hollister’s.  The third series of books he read were the Perry Mason series.

He graduated from Kenyon College in Mt. Vernon in ancient Greek literature and then earned a Masters degree in comparative literature.  He began working as a freelance writer for dailies and weekly newspapers in Connecticut, Indiana and then moved to Youngstown, Ohio to work for the newspaper, The Vindicator.  In 1998, he moved to Columbus to work as an AP Legal Affairs Reporter and realized that police crime appealed to him.

His biggest journalistic task has been developing the story on the death penalty in the state of Ohio.  It took 3 years of detailed research of 1,900 cases before the story was ready for publication.  His nonfiction book is titled No Winners Here Tonight,  his findings are very troubling because a person’s case outcome depends on where they live and the color of their skin.

 He is writing a fictional series of books about a character named Andy Hayes who lives in Columbus, Ohio in German Village.  The main character, Andy, is a wounded warrior with handicaps to overcome and works as a private eye.  The title of the first book is Fourth Down and Out.

Andrew was a very interesting speaker and invited the audience to ask questions.  Although he was invited to talk about his books, the attendees were very interested in his day job as an AP reporter.  We learned that the associated press model was started in 1846.  Newspapers and websites pay a fee to the cooperative.  Some stories are written on the spot, others stories takes a few days to weeks and months.  The story he is working on now is about how the impact of drug addiction affects young children.

 The attendees were able to purchase autographed copies of the books after the book talk and visit with the author.  The Friends of the Library will sponsor the next book talk by Dr. Lorle Porter, who writes numerous books on Ohio history and the immigrant’s story.  The event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  Tickets are available at the door for a nominal fee.  Students may attend for free.  For more information, visit or contact Bethany Anderson at or 642-1876.

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