Don will be available to sign books from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. he will give an informal talk about his background and the process of writing his weekly “On My Mind” column in The Bryan Times.
A Williams County native, Don is a Stryker High School graduate. He got his start as a journalist with the former Stryker Advance, and has been a staff member of The Bryan Times since 1981, including stints as editor. He currently serves as senior editor of The Times. Don also is managing editor of the Leader Enterprise, and contributes occasional columns to the Leader as well.
Don and his wife, Diane, are owners and publishers of Faded Banner Publications, which specializes in Civil War and local history. Previous books by Faded Banner include “Hell on Belle Isle: Diary of a Civil War POW” and “How Private Peck Put Down the Rebellion.
“The Best of On My Mind” and other Faded Banner books will be available for purchase the evening of Don’s appearance.
During his three decades as an editor with The Bryan Times, Allison has supplemented his work in news with columns touching on a variety of topics. Since 2006 his columns have appeared weekly, under the title “On My Mind.”
Those columns range from hard-hitting pieces on topics in the news, to heartfelt family pieces, to humorous takes on life.
Beginning with his earliest days as a columnist, Don’s writing has earned recognition from United Press International and Associated Press.
He has been nominated for an Associate Press Society of Ohio award this year as best columnist.
His readers, too, have paised Don’s writing.
“To be honest, I broke into tears (the good kind) when I read it, “ one reader wrote in response to a column on a personal topic.
“I admire your courage in being willing to tell it like it is,” another reader shared after reading a column chastising politicians for catering to special interests.
“Wow!” was the simple comment of yet another reader.
Allison’s latest volume brings together some of the best columns from the early years of “On My Mind.” They are some of Don’s favorites.
The Stryker Branch Library is located at 304 South Defiance Street. For more information, contact branch manager Connie Aeschliman at 419-682-5081.