Book Signing: Richard Cerasani
Laurinda Tapper, Outreach Services Coordinator, introduced Richard Cerasani-Caine at an Author Talk & Book Signing Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the Rapid City Public Library.
Richard Cerasani is the author of Love Letters from Mount Rushmore: The Story of a Marriage, a Monument, and a Moment in History. Richard's father was a struggling artist in New York when Gutzon Borglum invited him to work on Mount Rushmore. Love Letters contains daily letters to his wife, Mary, & tell of spring blizzards, summer heat, loneliness & Borglum's unpredictable moods. Richard recently found his father's letters in an attic trunk. Cerasani is an actor & works under the stage name Richard Caine. He's known for his role on "General Hospital."
The author is in the area to participate in the 2015 Festival of Books - Sept. 23-24, Rapid City | Sept. 24-27, Deadwood and will also speak in the amphitheater at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, September 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM.
Arthur J. Cerasani worked at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1940. During his time at the monument Mr. Cerasani and his wife Mary exchanged many letters. Son Richard, the author, discovered the letters in the attic of the family home and they are the centerpiece of the book.
This was a difficult period and particularly tough for a young family having to spend time apart. Mrs. Cerasani was back home in New York raising two sons while Arthur was working at Rushmore. How he got the job is very interesting but we won't get into the content of the book here.
Richard Cerasani may be best known by his professional name, Richard Caine. His career as an actor included three years as the villain, Bill Watson, on the General Hospital television show. from www.richardcerasanicaine.com.
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