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‘Serafina’ author to visit Bowling Green Oct. 20 as part of SOKY Reads program

Best-selling author Robert Beatty will visit Bowling Green at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Warren County Public Library’s Bob Kirby Branch (175 Iron Skillet Court) as part of the annual SOKY Reads one book, one community reading program.

serafina-and-the-black-cloakjpegBeatty will read from and sign both Serafina and the sequel, Serafina and the Twisted Staff. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase on site.

Serafina and the Black Cloak, part one in a three-part series, is a mystery-thriller published by Disney Hyperion. The book is set at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and features the energetic, intelligent heroine Serafina as she solves the mystery of the sinister Man in the Black Cloak. A compelling mix of historical fiction, excellent characterization, and high-energy adventure, the book has excited audiences since its release and more than 25 weeks on The New York Times best seller list. It won the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize and received outstanding reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Three hundred copies of the book were distributed to schools throughout Bowling Green, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Graves Gilbert Clinic. Funding from Friends of the Warren County Public Library provided more than 100 additional books given away during various community events during September. As part of his visit to Kentucky, Beatty will also speak at area schools.

SOKY Reads is an outreach program of the Southern Kentucky Book Fest, a partnership of the Warren County Public Library, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and WKU Libraries. To learn more about getting involved in the SOKY Reads program next year, contact Sara Volpi, Literary Outreach Coordinator for WKU Libraries, at sara.volpi@wku.edu.

Beatty to speak at Food for Thought Luncheon

Beatty also will be the featured speaker Oct. 20 for the Society for Lifelong Learning‘s Food for Thought Luncheon. The luncheon will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knicely Conference Center, room 112. Lunch is $10. Register by noon Oct. 17 by calling (270) 745-1912 or online.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977 or jennifer.wilson@wku.edu

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