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Charlestown's Karl Lamb Publishes "Ragtime for the Rockies"

January 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 7, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community resident Karl Lamb has published "Ragtime for the Rockies," a novel set in Platteville, Colorado, in 1925 when ragtime music epitomized many social changes that were met with resistance.

The novel is the story of newlyweds Owen and Ruby Mattison, a young couple who moved to Colorado during the Roaring Twenties and struggled to achieve acceptance by a community who opposed much of what Owen and Ruby personified.

"I was inspired to write this book after learning about my father's experiences during the Roaring Twenties in Colorado," says Lamb, a retired political science professor from the Unites States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, who has authored seven books and two dozen articles on aspects of American politics.

While researching for "Ragtime for the Rockies," Lamb traveled across country to interview family members and his father's former students. He combed through documents, newspapers, letters, records, and photographs at the Denver Public Library and the Platteville Historical Society.

"My father had dictated a 12-page oral history paper about his experiences in Platteville, which was supplemented by several conversations. Owen and Ruby are fictionalized versions of my father, Lawrence Lamb, and Opal Underwood Lamb, his first wife."

"People today are experiencing the later stages of a movement that began back in the 1920s, namely the liberation of women," says Lamb.

"Ragtime for the Rockies" is available for download on Kindle. Hardcover and paperback versions are available at and, and a limited number of copies are also available for sale directly through the author at The novel is the first in a trilogy that Lamb is developing.

Lamb is a member of a creative writing group at Charlestown, which he helped organize. He had taught a creative writing course as part of the community's Elderhostel Lifelong Learning Institute at Charlestown, which proved popular with fellow resident writers; hence, the group was born.