For author Dale Kueter, stories are more than points of information. They comprise and invigorate characters.

Kueter’s book “The Smell of the Soil: Writing Your Stories” is about those tales and why it’s so important for us to record them. This memoir is meant as example for readers to become authors themselves. The chapters are paired with writing prompts meant to spark personal journeys.

“The importance of recording the stories of all the people in one’s life … is a step beyond the normal genealogical process,” Kueter wrote. “What could be more precious to preserve than the stories that comprise your family’s life? What greater gift could you give to your family than a book of family stories?”

Kueter will appear Thursday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. at Stewartfield on the Spring Hill College campus at 4000 Dauphin St. A Q&A will follow his remarks and books will be available for purchase.

The evening is presented by the Friends of Spring Hill College Library. Admission is free for members and a donation is suggested for nonmembers.

For more info, call Julie Kraft at 251-380-2284.