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Free event celebrates prolific British writer

Fans of author G.K. Chesterton are in for a treat: A literary affair later this month will celebrate the humor, faith and wisdom of the man who wrote the "Father Brown" mysteries, "The Man Who Was Thursday" and other classic works.

The Western New York Chapter of the American Chesterton Society will hold an event featuring three speakers and performers at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, who lived from 1874 to 1936, was a prolific British writer known for his razorlike wit, brilliant intellect and well-crafted apologetics. There is no cost for the event, but a free-will offering will be requested.

Speakers include Joseph Pearce, a biographer who is known for his appearances on TV's EWTN channel. Pearce will speak about the "Humor and Humanity of G.K. Chesterton."

Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, will speak on Chesterton and faith in a talk called "Defending the Faith." And Kevin O'Brien, another EWTN host and founder of the Theater of the Word, will perform "Sharing with Standford."

More information about the event can be found at www.americanchestertonsociety