Sat, Oct. 19

Book signing for local author
Part of Yavapai College Arts and Crafts Fair Oct. 11

Ann Metlay (photo credit: Patty Gilson)

Ann Metlay (photo credit: Patty Gilson)

Can you imagine all the things that can happen in a library parking lot? That's what longtime writer and Cottonwood resident Ann K. Metlay did in her new book "It the Cottonwood Library Parking Lot." In her book, Metlay writes twenty short, short stories of what might have occurred in the Cottonwood Library parking lot.

"These stories were born in a dare," says Metlay. "My friends challenged me to write in unusual voices, to invent vastly different ways and reasons people enter our local library parking lot. I stopped with 20 stories this time, but already more stories are popping up."

Metlay's character-driven stories are funny, poignant, and everything in between. In one story, a woman thinks she has found the love of her life-a poet, no less. Then she finds a library book that may change the course of that love. In another story, a young man's beloved grandmother is dying. He dashes to the Cottonwood library to find just the right tribute to read to her. Each story is unique, told with sensitivity, insight, and at times, humor.

Metlay will be signing copies of "It the Cottonwood Library Parking Lot" at the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Arts and Crafts Fair on the Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus at 601 Black Hill Drive in Clarkdale. For more information on the fair, call (928) 649-5550.

If you can't make it to the fair, you can order a personally inscribed copy of "It the Cottonwood Library Parking Lot" directly from Metlay, who can be reached at (928) 852-0384 or You can also find her book on

Metlay is a lifelong poet, writer, and reader. She taught special education for forty years, then taught reading. She is now retired and living in Cottonwood. She visits the library there frequently.

Another collection of Cottonwood stories, set in a different hub of activity, is in progress.

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