Library books authors for fall engagements

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Walla Walla Public Library has lined up several accomplished and emerging writers who will visit the city this fall.

The calendar starts with the Walla Walla Reads program, which includes two events focused on African-American migrations within the United States.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., storyteller Eva Abram will bring this part of American history to life through a performance focusing on black migration to the Northwest.

Aimed mainly at an adult audience, her performance will interest a variety of ages. Her visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

On Monday at 1 p.m., Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson will be at the library for a Q&A session about "The Warmth of Other Suns," her book about the epic black migration from the South to other parts of the country.

Her visit is sponsored by Whitman College, where she will also speak later on Monday.

On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. six members of the Jack Straw Writers Program will do a group reading of their works. Shawn Wong, a professor of creative writing at the University of Washington, will moderate the readings by Northwest writers Kaia Chessen, Gabriela Denise Frank, Sally Neumann, Claudia Rowe, Nick Wong, and Johanna Stoberock, who teaches at Whitman College.

The 50-year-old program (visit www.jackstraw.org) fosters the communication of arts, ideas, and information to diverse audiences through audio media.

On Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Northwest author Kim Barnes will be at the library to discuss her new novel, "In the Kingdom of Men."

The book tells the story of a young woman who is raised in Oklahoma by her fundamentalist grandfather, leaves high school to marry,and relocates with her husband to an Arabian American Oil Company compound in Saudi Arabia.

Barnes was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her first memoir, "In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country," and also authored a second memoir and three novels, including "A Country Called Home."

All of the library programs are free and open to the public.

Copies of the Walla Walla Reads selections, Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns" and Barne's "In the Kingdom of Men" are available for loan at the library.

Alexis Rodegerdts is public services specialist at the Walla Walla Public Library. Contact her at 509-524-4609.

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