Former grants director publishes seventh book, plans eighth

Chris Dubbs, recently retired director of grants at Gannon University, published his seventh book titled “America’s U-boats”.

He first became interested in these U-boats when he found out that there was a World War I German submarine at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

This had caught his attention immediately.

“It seemed too incredible, too implausible to be true, but it was,” Dubbs said. “How and why did it end up there? When I learned that the same U-boat had actually visited Erie in June of 1919, I was hooked.”

His book tells what happened to the six German submarines that were surrendered to the United States at the end of World War I.

With the 100th anniversary of the start of the war being this year and 2017 being the 100th anniversary of the United States entering to the war, he plans on keeping the same topic.

His next book is titled “Visiting the War, Tourists and Travels in Wartime Europe 1914-1918”.

You can find Dubbs in the Nash Library several days a week hard at work on that book.

With six nonfiction books and one novel published, he began his writing career when he earned an MFA in writing from the University of Oregon.

He has published 15 short stories, worked as a syndicated travel columnist, a newspaper editor and then taught writing at Penn State Behrend for 15 years.

He then worked at a research firm before he came to Gannon in 2005.

Dubbs hopes to teach classes at Gannon in the future.

KAT SHINDLEDECKER

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