Canton Writers’ Guild, “Stark Tales” featured at online library event

CANTON — During a tour of the Canton Palace Theatre, Ron Luikart imagined what it would have been like to watch a performance in the storied confines in 1926.

Edward Klink stood outside the historic J.D. Define building in Navarre, pondering life in the village and along the former canal more than 100 years prior.

Jean Trent traveled back in time through research and family stories in recounting an industrial disaster in which seven boilers exploded, killing more than a dozen people in 1910 at the American Sheet & Tin Plate Co. in Canton.

Klink, Trent and Luikart are among the eight authors of “Stark Tales,” a 21-chapter anthology interwoven with four central characters, blending fiction with authentic local places, sites and historic events.

The mosaic novel is a project of the Greater Canton Writers’ Guild, founded in 1964. About a dozen members are active, including published poets, award-winning writers of fiction and previously unpublished writers.