The Newcomerstown Historical Society will host an author with Newcomerstown roots at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center, 213 West Canal Street in Newcomerstown.

A book signing will follow the a presentation by Trotter, author of a memoir titled, "Keeping Heart: A Memoir of Family Struggle, Race, and Medicine."

The memoir recounts his large and unique family's experiences in Alabama, southern West Virginia and Newcomerstown.

Within the context of the broader story of his family, Trotter weaves in his own personal story including his medical challenges with congenital heart disease.

Trotter attended Central State University in Wilberforce, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 1978. During his senior year, he served as the editor of the Psychology Club Newsletter.

In 2009, he retired after 30 years with the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Currently, he provides for the , non-medical transportation, homemaker personal care and behavior support services for developmentally disabled people on behalf of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Trotter and his wife, Pamela, live in North Canton. They enjoy going out to dinner, movies, exercising, reading, hosting holiday dinners and cookouts for family and friends.