Local author Alexandra Mason will talk about her new book, “The Lighthouse Ghost of Yaquina Bay” at the Newport Public Library on Sunday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. The book is a modern retelling of the legend of Muriel Trevenard, a teenaged girl who, after the lighthouse was abandoned, went there alone to retrieve a dropped handkerchief and was never seen again.
Long-time residents of Newport, Oregon report seeing a feeble light in the tower of the defunct lighthouse at Yaquina Bay. They ascribe this to the presence of Muriel’s ghost. We hear Muriel’s thoughts of her (non)existence since her death, as she is trapped in the lighthouse and in an endless limbo.
Young Amelia Allen and her father Hal visit Newport and see Muriel’s light from their condo across the bay. When they visit the museum, Muriel takes a chance and materializes to them. Amelia senses that a personal mission is now hers, to help put Muriel to rest—and she discovers that Muriel is actually a distant ancestor.
Romance blossoms between Hal and Letty, the lighthouse curator, as Amelia learns the ritual to transport the spirit of Muriel to a resting place in the Eureka Pioneer Cemetery, where she sleeps peacefully—or maybe not?
This program is free and open to the public. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or go to www.newportlibrary.org.