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John C. Kerr to discuss his World War II-era novel at Burnet library

John C. Kerr, director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Board, will discuss his World War II-era novel ‘Cardigan Bay’ during a Coffee Talks author series program Dec. 11 at the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet. Courtesy photo

BURNET — Author John C. Kerr will present a Coffee Talks program Dec. 11 at the Herman Brown Free Library.

The free program is 2 p.m. at the library, 100 E. Washington St. Coffee will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Kerr will discuss his novel “Cardigan Bay,” which takes place in England and Ireland during World War II.

Drawing on 40 years of studying European and American history, Kerr has published several historical novels, including “A Rose in No Man’s Land” and “Hurricane Hole,” set during World War I and World War II, according to a library news release. With his father, he co-authored “Only A Khaki Shirt,” a memoir of the elder Kerr’s experiences fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

“Cardigan Bay” opens in 1942 with British officer Charles Davenport recovering from wounds in an army hospital. The story that unfolds takes place against a complicated backdrop: the planning of the Normandy invasion, espionage, code-breaking, Irish Republican Army resistance to the war and a romantic encounter with a young Irish woman.

Kerr is a former chairman of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Board and currently serves as a director on the board, which oversees the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. In addition to writing, he has a distinguished career in law and business and is active in civic service.   

Because of a Burnet County activity, the library will be closed until 1 p.m. the day of the program.

For more information, go to or call (512) 715-5228.

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