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Carnegie, Pa., Oct. 1 - Patricia Kennealy Morrison, the author of several best-selling science fiction/fantasy novels, will speak on Thursday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie. Ms. Kennealy Morrison's science fiction address, which is free-of-charge to the public, will be presented in the Library's historic, 780-seat Music Hall, which is patterned after Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Patricia Kennealy Morrison is the author of a very successful series of books called "The Keltiad." This science fiction/fantasy series includes her first novel in 1984, The Copper Crown, and her most recent, Blackmantle, both dedicated to her deceased husband, Jim Morrison, well-known rock music star who was lead singer for the rock group, "The Doors."

Other books in the series include The Throne of Scone, The Silver Branch, The Hawk's Gray Feather, The Oak Above the Kings, and The Hedge of Mist. At present, she is working on an eighth Keltiad novel, The Deer's Cry, and another book, which is considered to be a "religious thriller," tentatively titled, Endtimes. She is also the author of a 1992 memoir, titled, Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison. Many of these books are available at Allegheny County libraries.

Ms. Kennealy Morrison attended St. Bonaventure University for two years, majoring in Journalism; it was here that she was captain of the women's rife team and became a practicing Celtic witch. In her junior year, she transferred to Harpur College(now Binghamton University) where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature in June of 1967; she worked as a go-go dancer, during her senior year.

In 1968, at the age of 22, she had already been named editor-in-chief of Jazz and Pop, a rock music magazine. She did not begin writing novels until the early 1980s. This followed a successful career in advertising that earned her two Clio nominations and several other awards. In 1989, she was a consultant for Oliver Stone's biographic film, The Doors; in the film, she has a small cameo role, officiating at her own marriage ceremony.

Ms. Kennealy Morrison's talk is the third in a series of seven lectures, by distinguished authors, being held at public libraries in the western section of Allegheny County. The "Author, Author!" series is sponsored by the West Region Libraries of the Allegheny County Library Association, with funds from the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Regional Asset District funds come from the one percent sales tax levied in Allegheny County.

Persons with disabilities, needing special accommodations to attend, may call (412) 269-0334(voice or TDD); the stage doors, of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall, provide wheelchair accessibility. For any other information, call (412) 276-3456 or e-mail:

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library opened as the fourth free public library, constructed and endowed by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, on May 1, 1901. In addition to a Library and Music Hall, the cultural complex includes a 140-seat Lecture Hall, Civil War Museum, and discount bookstore.

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