Professor Emerita of Theater, Film and Media Studies (Dance) Merideth Taylor’s new book “Listening In: Echoes and Artifacts from Maryland’s Mother County,” (University of Virginia Press, 2018) will be published this June. Pre-orders are available on Amazon. A book release celebration will take place on the St. Mary’s College campus in October (details to follow).

The book, featuring a foreword by Professor of English Jeffrey Hammond, with a poem by Lucille Clifton, captures the land and life of St. Mary’s County, Maryland’s “mother county.” Taylor integrates her own photographs of buildings of all kinds, many of them in disrepair, with text called “ghost stories” that are based on living oral histories and relate to the photographs in one way or another. By doing so, Taylor shows what life in historic St. Mary’s County was like and also the place it is becoming.