Author sets book signing
Michael Kleen, author of "Tales of Coles County, Illinois," will sell and sign copies of his book from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bidwell's Cafe in Mattoon and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Ave. Coffee in Charleston.
The events will include a reading, as well as a question-and-answer session. The 10th anniversary edition of the book was released earlier this month.
Part 1 of "Tales of Coles County" features four historical fiction tales, among them stories about a battle between Kickapoo Indians and Illinois Rangers, and the Charleston Riot of 1864.
Part 2 features the legends and lore of Coles County, with everything from haunted houses to the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, ghost towns and buried treasure.
The new edition also includes four new places as well as nearly a dozen photos.
Kleen lived in Coles County from 2000 to '08 and received his bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in history from Eastern Illinois University. He now lives in Rockford, where he owns Black Oak Media, an independent publishing company. He has written several books, including "Haunting Illinois: A Tour Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State."