MARION — Area residents have an opportunity to attend an author presentation and book signing featuring two local authors.

The event, which takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Marion Public Library, presents Yvonne Hebert and Peggy Hoard who will speak about their latest books.

The authors will offer an interesting and informative discussion of two books that differ greatly in genre and style but have closely related topics and themes.

Hebert will speak about her book, “Rethinking Forgiveness: Mental Tactics to Avoid Resentment.” It is an easy-to-understand workbook designed to help readers free themselves from anger and resentment.

Hebert worked for 20 years as a family psychotherapist. Her career also included positions as a prevention social worker and rehabilitation counselor.

According to Hebert, anger and resentment are hurtful not only to the individuals who experience the feelings, but to the people around them as well. Using the principles and techniques outlined in the book, readers learn to control and defeat these damaging emotions and attain peace of mind.

Hebert, who lives in Cadillac, holds a master’s degree in psychology from California State University in Los Angeles. She also attended the University of California at Los Angeles' creative writing program.

Her other works include “Room for Another Heart,” a novel set in northern Michigan that recounts the story of a woman’s courage following the death of her soldier husband in Iraq.

Hoard will speak about her poignant novella, “Questions.” It is the true story of a mother who struggles to deal with a flood of painful emotions following the suicide of her teenage son.

Many of the negative emotions and feelings discussed in Hebert’s “Rethinking Forgiveness” are prevalent throughout Hoard’s book, which traces the mother’s efforts to understand and cope with her feelings of grief, anger, guilt and resentment.

Hoard was born and raised in Marion and lives with her husband on the family homestead. She is a prolific writer and has numerous poems, short stories and plays to her credit.

Her other works include “Christmas Skits for Churches,” a collection of skits and playlets.

Both Hebert and Hoard are members of Write to Publish. Hoard currently serves as chairperson of the group.

Hebert’s books are available on amazon.com. Hoard’s books are available on amazon.com and her author website, peggyhoard.com.

“We are pleased to sponsor this special program with two local writers for everyone in the Marion area,” said librarian Shelley Scott. “There’s no charge to attend and we encourage everyone to mark their calendars and join us for an enjoyable evening.”

The Marion Public Library is at 120 E. Main St., Marion. For more information, call Scott at (231) 743-2421.