Award-winning author & teacher Jewell Parker Rhodes visits Bellingham April 19 & 20

Award-winning youth and adult author and teacher Jewell Parker Rhodes will discuss her powerful novels, "Towers Falling" and "Ninth Ward," at two free presentations in Bellingham.

Rhodes will speak at Bellingham Public Library on April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and at the Whatcom Museum on April 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. 

Hear Rhodes discuss her powerful, insightful novels and learn more about navigating difficult concepts, events, and conversations through story. Rhodes' books and presentations are recommended for everyone from upper elementary school age through adults. 

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of the Louisiana Girls children's book trilogy, which includes "Ninth Ward," "Sugar," and "Bayou Magic." Her children's books have received the Parents' Choice Foundation Award and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, among others. "Towers Falling," her new middle grade novel, was published in 2016. She is also the author of six adult novels, a memoir, and two writing guides. Her adult literary awards include the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, and others. 

These events are co-sponsored by Village Books, Bellingham Public Library, Western Washington University Libraries, and the Whatcom Museum, with funding support from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library. (Additional thanks to Rhodes, who has committed to donating her speaking fees toward the purchase of new books for local schools.)

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