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Author to speak at luncheon


March 22, 2012

HONESDALE, PA — Author Neela Vaswani will speak and sign copies of her books at a buffet luncheon benefiting the Wayne County Public Library on Thursday, April 12 at 12 noon. It will take place at the Hotel Wayne, 1202 N. Main St. Vaswani is author of the short story collection “Where the Long Grass Bends,” and a memoir, “You Have Given Me a Country.” She and Silas House co-authored the middle grade novel-in-letters, “Same Sun Here,” which was released in February and is currently the number-one selling book for young adults in independent bookstores.

“You Have Given Me a Country” is an emotionally powerful exploration of blurred borders, identity, and what it means to be multicultural. Combining memoir, history and fiction, the book follows the paths of the author’s Irish-Catholic mother and Sindhi-Indian father on their journey toward each other and the biracial child they create. “Vaswani is a confident writer whose unflinching eye shows the reader the beauty grounded in the mundane,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tickets cost $20 and must be reserved in advance at the Wayne County Public Library, 1406 N. Main Street. Call 570/253-1220.