Author Monte Ball of New Philadelphia will be appearing at the Newcomerstown Public Library Annex, located at 123 N. Bridge St., on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his book "190 Letters: A Soldier's Story of World War II" by Tate Publishing.

The novel is based on letters his father, Elvin Ball, wrote home from April 1941 through June of 1945 while serving in the Army.

Inspired by his father's truthful and sometimes humorous view of military life, Monte Ball offers readers a real glimpse of war through one soldier's eyes. Through Elvin's letters, readers of all generations will gain a deeper appreciation for anyone in the military whose sacrifices ensure and protect our great liberty. Elvin's story mirrors those of countless soldiers, all of which testify to the endurance of the human spirit. Though their lives may not have been particularly glamorous, their actions -- facing various hardships and even death for their beloved country -- were heroic and should never be forgotten.

"190 Letters: A Soldier's Story of World War II" tells how one soldier, through his letters, made the life of an Army infantryman become real to his family, eased their fears for his safety and kept them hopeful for his eminent return home. With obvious pride, Elvin Ball often regaled his family with innumerable tales of his service in World War II.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Titles are also available at the library, from and through