Sentinel reporter returns to his roots in fiction with new book

Sentinel reporter Peter Rouleau recently published "Masquerade Ball," a collection of short stories -- many set in Montgomery County.  COURTESY PHOTOSSentinel reporter Peter Rouleau recently published "Masquerade Ball," a collection of short stories -- many set in Montgomery County. COURTESY PHOTOS  ROCKVILLE — Silver Spring resident Peter Rouleau, 36, recently published the book “Masquerade Ball,” a collection of short stories, many of which are set in Montgomery County.

In it, Rouleau explores “deception of how little we know about people we see day to day.”

Rouleau said the inspiration for many of the stories comes from his five years working as a reporter for the Montgomery County Sentinel. Many of the stories are set within the county. One story takes place at the County Agricultural Fair, which the Sentinel has covered extensively.


Ring announcer and motivational speaker has more than a notion

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Even though it is no longer Black History Month, some stories are worth telling year-round. The story of boxing ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones is one of them.

Jones is also a motivational speaker, a D.C. Public Schools social worker and author of an autobiography titled “It’s More Than A Notion!” Currently he is competing to be the headliner ring announcer for fight cards at the new MGM Grand at National Harbor.


Lake Wobegon's Keillor honored in Rockville ceremony

Garrison KeillorAuthor and former "Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor. COURTESY PHOTO

ROCKVILLE – Hundreds of literary enthusiasts came to the Best Western Plus in Rockville Saturday to see one prominent Minnesota native writer receive an award named for another.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference marked its 20th anniversary by presenting its annual award to Garrison Keillor.

Named for the author of the acclaimed novel “The Great Gatsby,” who is buried along with his wife, Zelda, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville, the award is presented to an American author in recognition of his or her achievements in writing.

Keillor is best known as the creator, star, and principal writer of the musical/comedy variety radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” which he hosted from 1974 until his retirement earlier this year.


International author courts locals

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photo2GAITHERSBURG – Several dozen literary enthusiasts came to the Gaithersburg Library on Oct. 7 to meet Frederick Forsyth, the author of several acclaimed best-selling thrillers and short-story collections.

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