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Charlie’s book

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Charlie Matthews Memoir as told to Tom Mullen and Lincoln Blake
by Charles Matthews, Tom Mullen, and Lincoln Blake
500 copies printed in Richmond, Indiana by Augustin Printers, October 2010
$19.99 (includes Indiana State Sales Tax)
for Mail Orders please include $ 4.95 shipping ($24.94 total cost including shipping)
218 pages of text
32 pages of photographs in color and black and white
71 minute CD of recorded selections from Charlie’s favorite performances and four original written works.

Requests for copies may be directed to

Checks payable to: Nancy R. Faus

Just in time for his 60th Earlham College reunion, Charlie Matthews has published his memoir. In discussions with Tom Mullen and Lincoln Blake the story of a living Richmond treasure is told in “Charlie” “The Story of How Charles, the Kid from Spiceland, Indiana, Overcame Early Adversities to Become a Successful, Beloved Teacher, Actor, Friend, and ‘Charlie’.”

Printed in Richmond by Augustin Printers, the 218 page text is filled with anecdotes that range from Charlie’s early years growing up in Spiceland with his sister Maxine, to his Army service in World War Two and his return to Richmond after the war to attend Earlham College and participate in the birth of Richmond’s Civic Theatre. Charlie discusses his experience as an actor in New York and his return to Richmond to become a teacher at Richmond High School and the people he has worked with and known over the years.

Included in the book are two appendices; the first a transcription of some intimate and moving conversations between Charlie and Tom Mullen who initiated this project. The second is a collection of letters from friends who describe their relationship with Charlie.

There are 32 pages of color and black and white photographs that span Charlie’s childhood, his years at Earlham, memorable roles at Civic Theatre, and photographs made in the last year that show Charlie, at 87 years young, has a very flexible interpretation of the term “retirement”.

Also included with the book is a 71 minute CD of recordings made by Jim Hair of Richmond Art Works of Charlie discussing his work, as well as selections from a number of his favorite roles, three poems and a tribute written for his friend Art Postle.

Three public readings have been scheduled to hear Charlie read from his work:

Saturday, November 6 th • 11 am to 1 pm
Morrisson-Reeves Library Bard Room
80 North 6th Street
Richmond, IN

Sunday, November 14 th • 2 pm to 4 pm
Richmond Civic Theatre Foyer (limited seating)
1003 E. Main Street
Richmond, IN

Wednesday, November 17th • 4 pm to 5 pm
The Old Book Shop (limited seating)
534 E. Main Street
Richmond, IN

If you are planning to attend any of the readings, please be aware that this event is contingent upon Charlie’s health.

If you have questions regarding these events or availability of the book, please send a note to