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County to host National Book Award event

Sarasota County to host National Book Award event

Post Date:08/13/2019 1:00 PM

Two National Book Award finalists will participate in a panel discussion titled "Ghosts of Our Past" at Selby Public Library on Aug. 17, as part of the National Book Foundation's (NBF) Summer with the National Book Awards program.  

Scheduled to appear at the free event are Margaret Wilkerson Sexton and Diana Khoi Nguyen. Sexton's debut novel "A Kind of Freedom," was a 2017 award finalist; and Nguyen's poetry collection "Ghost Of," was a 2018 award finalist. Both authors will share perspectives on survivor stories, and how they approach writing about family exile and segregation. The discussion will be moderated by Chimene Suleyman. 

"It's always a reason to celebrate when our library system hosts nationally recognized authors," said Renee DiPilato, director of Sarasota County's Libraries and Historical Resources. "We're honored to welcome them and look forward to sharing their discussion with the community."

The NBF program brings authors to local library branches in several states throughout the summer. The program celebrates one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes, while focusing on the work of American authors. 

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. 

 Margaret Wilkerson Sexton_credit Melissa Schmidt    Author Diana Khoi Nguyen_credit Jess X. Snow
 Author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton     Author Diana Khoi Nguyen
 2017 award finalist    2018 award finalist