Press Release

February 20, 2001

portrait of Laura Pulfer
Laura Pulfer
portrait of Carol Williams
Carol Williams

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Mothers & Other Heroes Contest

Cincinnati Enquirer columnist, Laura Pulfer, and Carol Williams, of WCPO-TV Channel 9, to Recognize Mothers (at the Main Library - Friday, April 6 at 12 Noon)

Library Contest to Recognize Mothers as Heroes

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County wants to give you a chance to recognize your Mother as a hero. Send your most memorable story about your Mother and her heroic involvement in your life (or that of others) to: Mothers & Other Heroes Contest, Attn: Public Relations, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Five winners will be chosen to attend the book signing event hosted by Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Laura Pulfer, author of Mothers & Other Heroes, and Carol Williams, of WCPO-TV Channel 9, at the Main Library on Friday, April 6 at 12 noon. Winners will be given the opportunity to read their entries or either host will read the story for the winner.

To Be Eligible: All entries must be typewritten in 300 words or less and will become the property of the Library. Your name, address, zip code and phone number must be included. Entries must also be postmarked by March 21, 2001. Each winner will receive an autographed copy of Ms. Pulfer's new book. Their biggest award, however, will be in honoring Mother. For more information call 513-369-6970.

About Laura Pulfer's New Book

Everyone has heroes. Some are far removed from ordinary life. Others are closer to home. In her latest book, Mothers & Other Heroes, Cincinnati Enquirer columnist, Laura Pulfer, inspires us with her heroes, many of whom have greatly enriched, even helped to shape, the lives of others. But, she didn't have to venture far to find the one who influenced her most.

"My heroes are funny and moving and brave. Sometimes they talked to me when they were in incredible pain. Sometimes they shamed me with their goodness. Sometimes they made me laugh," expounded Ms. Pulfer. "But my Mother is my foremost hero. She is the reason I became more of the person she encouraged me to be."

The book, to be released in April, is a collection of Ms. Pulfer's most heartening columns. Each one serves as a reminder to readers that there are still plenty of role models for us to follow-the nurse who regularly allows her patients to break her heart; the young lawyer who wouldn't give up until he sprung an innocent man.

"Some of the people here are famous - Julia Child, Nikki Giovanni, Barry Larkin - but most are not," explains Ms. Pulfer. "Most are simply people who have shown extraordinary grace or courage. Some have brilliant ideas. Or the rarest of all commodities-common sense. They let me suspect that I, too, might one day find something better, finer in myself than I imagined possible."

Copies of Ms. Pulfer's book will be available for purchase through the Library Friends' Shop, and a book signing will follow the event.


Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org