Michael Ryan, former Capital-Journal editorial page editor and now an international author, will be speaking at the Topeka Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Marvin Auditorium 101C.
Aspiring writers will be particularly interested in Ryan’s message, as he will be speaking about the writing and publication of his book The Last Freedom, a novel on the real-life adventure of Viktor Frankl. The Last Freedom was published in Spain last March, and has also been acquired in Canada for publication in French.
Signed English-language copies will be available for purchase at the event. Cost is $16.
Viktor Frankl was a Holocaust survivor and author of the legendary book Man’s Search for Meaning – considered by the Library of Congress to be one of the 10 most important books of all time.
“While the Holocaust was about death,” Ryan said, “Viktor Frankl’s story is about life – and its beauty and unending meaning. It’s an inspiring, uplifting story.”
Ryan’s own story of writing and publishing The Last Freedom is one of determination and persistence, a message he’ll share with the audience on Wednesday.
Ryan spent 19 years at The Topeka Capital-Journal, the last decade of which he spent as editorial page editor. He left in 2002 to assume the same position, which he still holds, at the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.
He grew up in Kansas City and went on to attend Washburn University of Topeka. He has a wife of 29 years, Susan; a daughter, Amanda, 23; and a son, Kevin, 18.