From The Journal Times.com:
"Internationally acclaimed author and poet David Kherdian is coming home for a visit this month.
Racine native — whose large volume of work often draws inspiration from
his time growing up here in the late 1930s and 1940s — recently
released his memoir titled 'Root River Return' (http://root-river-return.tumblr.com).
And he’d like to celebrate its release — along with the donation of his
collected works to the Racine Heritage Museum last year — with his
"Kherdian — who currently lives in New York
state with his wife, award-winning writer/illustrator Nonny Hogrogian —
will do so through a series of free public events being held in Racine
May 19 through 24. His appearances have been coordinated by the Racine
Heritage Museum, working in conjunction with other local organizations
and individuals including the Racine Literacy Council, Racine Public
Library, Racine Interfaith Coalition, Racine Arts Council, City of
Racine, Root River Council and Racine’s poet laureate, Nick Ramsey (see
accompanying story for event details).
“'David’s got such a huge
body of work and so much of it is so locally significant,' said Chris
Paulson, executive director of the RHM. 'Each event will provide
different glimpses into his life and his work.'
"In addition to
being great opportunities for both people who are familiar with
Kherdian’s work, and those who want to know more about it, the programs
will also provide insight to anyone interested in local history, Paulson
“'We will be rediscovering the community through his work,' he said.
said he is looking forward to once again exploring the city’s river,
lake and park areas, as well as Downtown. It will be his first time back
in Racine since 2008.
"In preparation for his trip here, the
award-winning writer answered the following questions for Journal Times
readers. More about Kherdian is also available at www.facebook.com/davidkherdian.author and www.beechhillpublishingcompany.com/2015—featured-author.html."
Read more: http://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/author-david-kherdian-is-coming-home-to-racine/article_7c5294b0-9412-57a0-8a07-4d147bda347a.html
"David Kherdian's Racine appearances:" http://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/david-kherdian-s-racine-appearances/article_218058b3-07ca-5dd7-b2db-cb6d930f60b2.html
I've read some of his work. He grew up around State Street, which used to be lined with small businesses of all kinds.