Book reading Saturday at Newport Library

Come and meet local author Dan McLaughlin as he reads from his recent novel, “The Dragon, Lucinda and George.” With his co-author, Margit Elland Schmitt, McLaughlin will be at the Newport Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The novel is based on the old English legend of St. George and the Dragon.

“In the original version of the story,” South Beach resident McLaughlin noted, “The dragon is tamed by a girdle, and then is slain by George. That seems hardly fair.”

“Or plausible,” added San Jose resident Schmitt. “So we re-wrote the story where everyone, including the maiden and the dragon, live happily after.”

While both McLaughlin and Schmitt are librarians, what drew them together was several decades of association as street writers, directors and performers at various renaissance fairs, which started when McLaughlin accosted Schmitt and her friends in the guise of a peasant huckster selling pieces of the New World real estate.

“He said he was going to name the New World after me,” Schmitt recalled. “He lied.”

“I am still getting the paperwork squared away on that one,” McLaughlin interjected. “But this book is a genuine collaboration, which came about though the good offices of the people at Nanowrimo, an internet project that challenges authors to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.”

“We were chatting, and I said I had an idea but no time,” said Schmitt. “And I said I had time, but no idea,” McLaughlin continued. “She told me her idea.”

More information about the book can be found online at


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