Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Newly revived literary society to present ‘penny-pinching’ author

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Members of the Clarksburg Literary Society will ask author Jeff Yeager about pinching pennies during the second meeting of the newly revived group on Saturday.

Yeager, the author of ‘‘The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Roadmap to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less,” will be the group’s guest at 10 a.m. at Mayorga Coffee in the Highlands of Clarksburg shopping center.

The author, of Accokeek, Md., writes that penny-pinching will not only free up more money for people to pursue their hobbies, but it will create more free time for them, too.

‘‘With these economic times, it is an ideal time to have him come out,” Pat Darby, the leader of the Clarksburg Literary Society, said. ‘‘He is becoming popular right now.”

Darby said he re-established the organization to give members an opportunity to discuss books, talk to accomplished authors and support unpublished authors.

The original Clarksburg Literary Society began in 1879 when Clarksburg was one of the bigger towns in the county and was home to Clarksburg Academy, one of the first private institutions in Montgomery, he said.

Eloise Woodfield of the Clarksburg Historical Society said the original literary society lasted 10 years.

Darby said the new group’s first meeting last month featured Tom Holtz, the author of ‘‘Dinosaurs,” an encyclopedia of exploring dinosaurs for young children.

‘‘The people who come out are book lovers,” Darby said. ‘‘They love to talk about the books and the topics and hear directly from the author. They are really excited about it.”

The Clarksburg Literary Society might feature poetry readings in the near future in addition to other local authors, Darby said. The organization will meet at Mayorga Coffee on a monthly basis.