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Castoro to promote reading

LITTLE ROCK—The romance novels of Arkansas writer Laura Castoro have been selected for the 2012 statewide reading program, If All Arkansas Read the Same Book. Arkansans are encouraged to read the books and participate in author events and book discussions at public libraries across the state.

Her books were chosen because of the popularity of the romance genre with Arkansas library patrons, according to Zoe Butler, Arkansas Center for the Book coordinator. “Laura writes about the modern woman’s life as she sees it. Over the past 32 years, she has written 39 published books in such genres as historical romance, contemporary romance, westerns, sagas and romantic suspense.

Her current books available in print or ebook format are Icing on the Cake and Love on the Line. A New Lu and Found: One Marriage are available in ebook format only.

Castoro is a sought-after speaker and writing workshop leader. She is president-elect of Novelists, Inc., a writers’ organization devoted exclusively to the needs of multi-published novelists. She is also a past president and remains on the board of the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, a working writers’ residence program in Eureka Springs, Ark.

“It’s exhilarating to be able to help provide a haven for beginning as well as established writers. The gift of uninterrupted time with one’s muse is priceless,” Castoro says.

A native of Pine Bluff, Castoro was the 2005 inductee into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame, joining such writers as Dee Brown, Charles Portis and Paul Greenberg.