NC Literary Hall of Fame



Still Points by Barry Lee Swanson

Boathouse Publications
$28.95, hardcover / $16.99, paperback / $5.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-737285519
October, 2021
Fiction: Historical / Romance
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Fresh out of college in 1940, Philip Zumwalt takes a job as a music teacher in a small Illinois town. He dreams of becoming a musician, but this is put on hold when he meets Elinor Robinson. When he enlists in the Army Air Force, the gifted artist goes on an unpredictable journey of lost innocence. Life and death hang in the balance as he overcomes his fears and spiritual doubts in a desperate effort to survive aerial combat in the maelstrom of the Southwest Pacific Theater. In the end, a single dream remains for Philip: to return home to the woman he loves.

Barry Lee Swanson is an author, poet, United States Army veteran, and assistant professor emeritus from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He received his B.A. in English literature from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master's degree in educational administration from Western Illinois University. After a career in public education as an English teacher, coach, and school administrator, Swanson served as a full-time lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he earned his Doctor of Education degree. He is past president of the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and a founding member of Galesburg Public Art Commission. He is currently in the process of writing his second novel and publishing his complete poems.

Barry and his wife, Gail, reside on Lake Norman in North Carolina. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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