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A Life in Words by Helen Chappell

Bill and Melissa Peak are describing their recent vacation to the South of France. Its beauties, its history and, inevitably, its food. It is impossible to go to France and not have a gastronomic experience. Their description of a lunch at a three-star restaurant is so sensuous that all I can do is poke at my salad and sigh with envy. Words are our trade, so their description is almost as good as being there ~ the crusty breads, the sauces, the beautifully prepared gems of food ~ ahhh, yes! Readers of the Star-Democrat will recognize Bill Peak as “The Library Guy,” whose popular column on books, writing, libraries and random musings on all things words appears monthly. Talbot County Free Library patrons know Bill as an affable and kind librarian who’s more than ready to answer any question, or help you find the answer. Laid back, funny, intelligent and intellectual ~ Bill’s a good man to have on your team. The doctor’s son from Kentucky attended Washington and Lee University, and a creative writing program at Hollins University. He has been published in The Delmarva Review and Tidewater Times, as

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Bill Peak well as the Star-Democrat. Bill is married to Melissa McCloud, a distance learning teacher for Goucher and Johns Hopkins, and a force in her own right. We’re dining in Easton today to talk about Bill’s first novel that is coming out this month. The Oblate’s Confession took ten years to write, and Bill has all the expected excitement of a writer with a first book. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and probably one of the most exciting 9

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