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DELIA OWENS, author of “Where the Crawdads Sing”, to speak in Columbus

Thomasville, GA’s most famous daughter and the acclaimed author of the smash best-selling novel WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING will be making two appearances in Columbus this January.

DELIA OWENS will headline the annual fundraising Gala for the Muscogee County Library Foundation Founder’s Society on Thursday evening January 23. Then on Friday January 24, Ms. Owens will speak in a free public lunchtime appearance at 11:00am. Both events will take place at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road.

Tickets are not needed for the public appearance on January 24. The doors will open at 10:00am and Ms. Owens will speak at 11:00am. Copies of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING and selected other works by Ms. Owens will be available for purchase. Ms. Owens will sign autographs after her appearance.

Persons interested in supporting the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries may also attend the Founder’s Society Gala on January 23. Please contact Muscogee County Library Foundation director Laura Ann Mann at 706.243.2705 for more information.

“The wildlife scientist Delia Owens has found her voice in WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature. The [co-author] … of three books about southern Africa, Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders — and dangers — of her private world.” Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING has become an international sensation, selling over 4 million copies and being listed on the New York Times Bestseller list for 63 weeks (and counting!).

“The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told—one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. You’ll want to relax and take your time as well, and when you’re done you will want to talk about it with another reader.” – Chris Schluep , Amazon Book Review

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