Author Mary Monroe To Speak on Sunday at ‘Big Read’ Event PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:49

022813eLocal New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe, known for her bestselling books, such as God Don’t Like Ugly, will moderate a panel discussion based on the Big Read selection, Their Eyes Were Watching God, on Saturday, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 West Estudillo Ave.

The panel will discuss the role of the African American protagonist, Janie Crawford, in the San Leandro Big Read book selection, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston and the strong female in contemporary African American literature including other writers such, as Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon), Alice Walker (The Color Purple) and Kathryn Stockett (The Help).

Monroe will be joined by a panel of local librarians from the California Librarians Black Caucus (CLBC). The CLBC serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

Monroe is the third child of a sharecropper. She is the first and only member of her family to graduate high school. Monroe is a self taught writer who writes seven days a week. Most of her material is autobiographical, although she draws ideas from current events and the people around her.

Following the panel discussion, Monroe will be available for a book signing. Her books will be available for purchase in the Main Library.

For more information call the San Leandro Public Library at 577-3971.





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