Celebrate the Preakness with Timeless Stories

May 9, 2023

• Noted Local Authors Visit Maryland Horse Library & Education Center
• The MHLEC to Hold Book Sale Preakness Week

MHLEC Press Release/Edited

REISTERSTOWN, Md.—The Maryland Horse Library & Education Center (MHLEC) will host visiting authors on Wednesday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The MHLEC is pleased to announce local authors John Eisenberg, Jack Gilden, Josh Pons and Alvin Stone will be on hand at select times to sign their books, with new copies available for sale.

Josh Pons is an Eclipse Award-winning writer of “Country Life Diary” and “Merryland” about the Pons family’s farms in Harford and Baltimore Counties. 

Baltimore native Alvin Stone, who gave MHLEC’s first author talk in February, has written “Stoney: The Story of My Dad’s Life, An African American Groom of Horse Racing” will, again, be at the MHLEC for Preakness Week.

Mr. Pons and Mr. Stone will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the MHLEC hosts Baltimore author and sportswriter John Eisenberg, author of “Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age”; “The Longest Shot: Lil E. Tee and the Kentucky Derby”; “The Great Match Race: When North Met South in America’s First Sports Spectacle”; and (with jockey Edgar Prado) “My Guy Barbaro: A Jockey’s Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak”

Joining Mr. Eisenberg will be Baltimore journalist Jack Gilden, the author of the recently published “The Fast Ride: Spectacular Bid and the Undoing of a Sure Thing”

In addition to the visiting authors, the MHLEC will offer for the first time a duplicate book sale to be held during Preakness week on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

A large collection of classics, many out-of-print, as well as newer offerings will be available for purchase.

“The MHLEC has accumulated a great collection of duplicate books currently in storage, all of which would be a wonderful addition to someone’s personal library,” said library manager Cindy Deubler. “It’s a horse-lover and book-lover’s dream.”

Titles of used books offered for sale include:

  • Numerous copies of the Thoroughbred Legends series, including those about Preakness winners Man O’ War, Nashua, Native Dancer, Sunday Silence and War Admiral
  • A collection of books on Secretariat and Citation, this year celebrating anniversaries of their Triple Crowns seasons
  • Racing history books, including William H.P. Robertson’s “The History of Thoroughbred Racing in America” and David Woods’ “Fireside Book of Horse Racing”
  • Select years of the annual American Race Horses (published from 1936 to 1963), Daily Racing Form American Racing Manuals (including the years after Secretariat and Citation’s 3-year-old seasons) and Steeplechasing in America yearbooks

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