The WKU Bookstore sponsored a gathering of local authors at WKU Libraries on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Helm Reading Room. Arranged by Sarah Fricks and entitled “Mountains and Valleys” it included selected readings on themes of struggle and hope, friendship and endurance. Tom Hunley, poet and Associate Professor of English at WKU read poems from his books My Life is a Minor Character, Still There’s a Glimmer and his newest book Octopus and even shared a new poem recently accepted for publication by The Louisville Review. Craig Dehut, who joined WKYU-PBS in April of 2009, read from his autobiography Her Little Soldier which chronicles the struggles he faced after he found out he had Juvenile Diabetes at age 10. Dehut has also worked on several feature and short films and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta. Mark Shine is a former Army journalist whose writings have appeared in Back Home in Kentucky and Kentucky Afield. He lives near Nolin River Lake, Kentucky. He read from his first novel Shine about the friendship between a middle class fisherman and an old moonshine man. David J. Bell, who teaches English and creative writing at WKU read from his newest novel, a thriller A Girl in the Woods. A large crowd enjoyed the evening. A book signing followed.