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Ventura Friends of the Library Annual Membership Meeting

November 5, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The book cover of al of the Century: The Duncan murder case, with a black and white photo of Ms. Larkin

Ventura Friends of the Library Annual Membership Meeting. Our annual meetings are always open to guests who are interested in our organization or our guest speakers! As this year marks the 150th Anniversary of Ventura County, the guest speaker for our annual meeting will be the author of a memoir of Ventura County’s own trial of the century in the 1950’s. Deborah Holt Larkin, the author of A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga Duncan and the Trial of One of California’s Most Notorious Killers, was ten years old when her father, the court reporter for the Ventura County Star-Free Press, was immersed in the trial of Olga Duncan’s killers taking place at the Ventura County Courthouse (now Ventura City Hall). Larkin’s memoir tells the story of this stranger-than-fiction murder case, and the influence of her reporter father’s work in her early life. Her talk for our meeting will focus on her father, Bob Holt, and his 34 year career with the Ventura Star-Free Press. Her book will be available for sale and her talk will be followed by book signing.

Free and open to the public.



November 5, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library
651 E. Main Street
Ventura, 93001

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