Press Release - Two Authors to appear at Columbus Public Library

Press Release- The first two writers in a series of highly-anticipated author lectures will be appearing at the Columbus Public Library this September.

Award-winning novelist Jessica Handler, whose stunning memoir Invisible Sisters has been named "One of the Twenty-Five Books Every Georgian Should Read," will speak to Columbus area audiences on Friday, September 24th. On Tuesday, September 28th, Ellen Hopkins, best known for her wildly-popular series of free-verse novels for young adults, will speak. Both appearances begin at 7:00pm in the Columbus Public Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus Georgia. Admission is free and open to the public, and copies of their work will be available for sale. Both authors intend to sign books after their presentations.

These writers are the first in a busy season of author appearances at the Library. Noted book illustrator and designer Barry Moser will visit in November, as will famed poet/mortician Thomas Lynch. As part of the Chattahoochee Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, the library will be featuring historical novelist Jeff Shaara, Civil War Historian (and author of Forrest Gump) Winston Groom, and The Wind Done Gone author Alice Randall. More information about the author series can be found at

About Jessica Handler

In any family, a terminal diagnosis for a child can have devastating consequences for the surviving parents and children. For Atlanta-based author Jessica Handler, her family faced the exponential horror of not one, but two children diagnosed with separate, fatal illnesses.

This tragedy serves as the basis for the stunning memoir Invisible Sisters. Named "One of the Twenty Five Books Every Georgian Should Read," it is a powerfully unsentimental tale of coming of age as "the odd one out" - the daughter of progressive parents who moved to Atlanta to participate in the social-justice movement of the 1960s, the healthy sister living in the shadow of her siblings' illnesses, a daughter in a family torn apart by impossible circumstances, and as a young woman struggling to redefine herself after her sisters' deaths.

The presentation is part of the "VistaCare Hospice Foundation End-of-Life Lecture Series," an annual set of programs for the community to foster discussion of issues of surrounding death, dying, and survival. Her presentation is sponsored by the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and is presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and VistaCare Hospice. In addition to her appearance on September 24th, Ms. Handler is a featured presenter for this year's Chattahoochee Valley Writer's Conference. For more information on the Conference please visit

For more information on Jessica Handler, please visit her website

About Ellen Hopkins

Ask any high school media specialist about the most popular writers for teens and one of the authors always listed will be Ellen Hopkins.

Her free verse novels have captured our youth's imaginations and devotion. These cautionary tales often deal with tough subjects – for instance, the best-selling Crank was loosely based on her own daughter's harrowing addiction to crystal meth. It is her ability to find hope in the despairing landscape of her characters' lives that have drawn the attention of so many of our nation's young adults.

Ellen Hopkins has been writing poetry for years. Her first novel, Crank, was released in 2004 and quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation, garnering praise from teens and critics alike. Ms. Hopkins' other bestselling novels include Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, and the upcoming Fallout, a companion to Crank and Glass.

Ms. Hopkins' appearance is sponsored by the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries.

Source: For more information on Ellen Hopkins, please visit her website