Judith Redline Coopey, Altoona native and well-known author of historical fiction set in Pennsylvania, will release Brothers, Volume 2 of the Juniata Iron Trilogy November 1. The setting for the Juniata Iron Trilogy is Mt Etna, a once thriving iron plantation in Catherine Township. Born in Altoona and raised near Mt Etna in rural Williamsburg. Ms Coopey weaves a family saga of the fictional iron master, Adam MacPhail and his family over three generations. Brothers is the story of the second generation of the MacPhail and Trethaway families as they face the challenges of the Civil War and the demise of the iron industry in the second half of the 19th century. The Furnace, volume 1 of the Juniata Iron Trilogy came out in 2014 and is still available online or at local bookstores.
Ms Coopey graduated from Williamsburg High School and still maintains many friendships in the Cove. She will be in the Central Pennsylvania area from November 3 – 19 visiting libraries, historical societies and bookstores greeting readers and signing copies of her book. Her schedule includes the presentation of a program on the iron industry and its impact on 19th century Pennsylvania life at several local libraries including:
Martinsburg Public Library, Thursday, November 12, 1:30 pm
Tea at Royer Mansion, Saturday, November 14, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Williamsburg Public Library, Tuesday, November 17, 2:00 pm
Southern Blair Senior Citizens New Enterprise, Thursday, November 19, 12:30 pm
Research on her books has taken Ms Coopey all over the state to libraries, historical societies and archives and revealed the human stories that didn’t make the history books, but mattered nonetheless. She weaves these stories into her historical novels, always authentic and human due to her dedication to thorough and accurate research Her first book, Redfield Farm, a novel of the Underground Railroad in Bedford County, has been highly acclaimed, chosen by two cities, Amesbury, MA and Amsterdam, NY for their One Book/One Community reading programs, and translated into German and Norwegian for the European market. She is working on the third volume of the Juniata Iron Trilogy to be released in 2016.