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English Savories and Sweets Part of "An Edwardian Evening" with Carol McD. Wallace Sept. 27

Cucumber canapés, English tea, “Downton Abbey” glitz and an author who helped inspire the PBS series – they’re all part of an event at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, called “An Edwardian Evening” at the Veridian Event Center. Tickets are still available at the Library Center, Brentwood and Park Central branch libraries; $20 for students, $25 for adults, cash or check.

What better way to introduce you to author Carol McD. Wallace, who co-wrote “To Marry an English Lord” and helped inspire the popular TV show? Wallace will talk about her book and its influence at the elegant Veridian, 309 South Ave., between McDaniel and Walnut streets in downtown Springfield. Wallace will also sell and sign copies of her book.

The food will put you in the mood. Not a full meal, but a proper British assortment of savory items: cucumber canapé and chicken salad in smoked gouda puff. Then the sweets: miniature cupcakes, cream puffs, mini fruit tarts and madeleines, served on china and catered by Simply Delicious. We’ll also have hot tea, coffee and a cash bar. Upon your arrival, you will be served pumpkin soup shots.

Ozarks Public Television staff and the Between Friends Gift Shops are providing prize drawings – gift baskets and Downton Abbey keepsakes. And you’ll see clips featuring interviews with the actors.

“An Edwardian Evening” kicks off “Wordfest – a Celebration of “Words – Written, Spoken, Sung,” which continues Saturday with all-free events downtown.

There’s variety: An adult Scrabble tournament; a Resident Artist Ensemble with author David Harrison and Friends; young-adult authors Brian Katcher and Kate Klise; Michael “Supe” Granda of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge. Missouri State University College of Arts and Letters faculty will demonstrate how to create a book and operate a letterpress at Brick City. There’s slam poetry and Zine writing. Saturday concludes with a 7 p.m. panel of the keynote authors reading from their work, an audience Q&A and more giveaways in the theater next to the History Museum on the Square (Abundant Life Center).

Wordfest is funded by the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Literary Festival, with support from Ozarks Public Television, College of Arts & Letters/MSU and the library. For details go to, see Bookends or visit

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