WARREN, NJ - In October, the Warren Township Library will highlight works of fiction at three programs for adults.

Tough Gals: The Female Sleuth in Mystery Fiction: 7 PM, Tuesday,October 7.  Decades ago fictional crime-solving women had to be amateur sleuths, like Agatha Christie's Miss Marple because in real life most women weren't cops or private detectives.  The 1920s saw a brief flurry of female PIs, though in a very genteel mold, and that model persisted until the late 1970s, when Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky, and Sue Grafton introduced female sleuths as hard-boiled as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. Soon female police detectives gained a foothold in mystery fiction too.  Join mystery writer Peggy Ehrhart, for a look at how far women have come in the world of the mystery novel.

Greasy Luck – A different take on Moby Dick: 2 PM, Saturday, October 18.  Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was published on this date, October 18, 1851. Actor David Emerson, from the theatre group “History on the Hoof” portrays Leland Emerson, a fictional captain of the whaling ship Sarah Ann in the year 1843. Find out about life at sea, including encounters with the infamous 'Mocha Dick.'

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Washington Irving & the Legend of Sleepy Hollow: 7 PM, Thursday, October 23.  Neill Hartley from the American Historical Theatre,  impersonates Washington Irving, the father of the American short story.  He brings you into Irving's world; introducing you to his work, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the most famous short story ever written. The literary lion narrates his tale and then enters his story, becoming his alter ego, Ichabod Crane.  This free program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

These events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  Register by calling the Warren Twp Library at 908-754-5554 ext 64, or by going online to www.sclsnj.org and clicking on Events/Programs – Warren. The Warren Twp Library is located at 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059.  The Somerset County Library System has branches in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, at the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung.