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Renowned author to speak at local events

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The Douglas County Friends of the Library will host two separate events with award-winning author Mary Casanova on Thursday, May 14 at the meeting room of the Douglas County Library.

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An American Girl Doll Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. Casanova, author of two American Girl novels for girls ages 9 to 12, will share her story at the party. Young people are encouraged to bring their American Girl doll or any favorite doll.

Casanova, author of the 2009 Girl of the Year books, Chrissa and Chrissa Stands Strong, introduces readers to 10-year-old Chrissa Maxwell, who must overcome bullying by finding the courage to stand strong and speak out. The novel has also been made into a feature film and DVD, An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, and is available for checkout at the library.

The author's American Girl novels will be available for sale at the party.

Casanova will discuss her young adult novel, The Klipfish Code, during a 7 p.m. event.

The Klipfish Code is the story of the German occupation of Norway during World War II, one of the darkest periods in Norwegian history.

There is no charge for either event, and both are open to the public.

Funding for the programs is provided by the Douglas County Friends of the Library. The evening event is also funded by the Sons of Norway.

More about the author

Casanova, an award-winning children's author, has written more than 20 books, from picture books to titles for American Girl to novels.

Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border; other stories have taken her as far away for research as France, Belize and Norway.

Whatever the setting for her books, the author strives to "write stories that matter - and books kids can't put down."

Casanova speaks at hundreds of schools and conferences nationally and internationally. She lives in Ranier with her husband, Charlie, and their two dogs. They have two grown children.

For more information on Casanova and her books, visit the website www.marycasanova.com.

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