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Originally published: 2013-04-15 09:48:52
Last modified: 2013-04-15 09:48:51

Award-winning author to speak on bullying

by Anna Oakes

Award-winning author Lissa Brown will speak at the Watauga County Public Library, located at 140 Queen St., on Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the meeting room. The topic is "They're Hurting Kids: Bullying and How to Stop It."

Brown is the author of "Another F-Word," a novel about a young gay boy growing up in a rural southern town while struggling with bullying by his family and classmates, among others.

Brown describes the book as a story of "bullying, courage and love" because it demonstrates the significance of mentors to young people who face bullying from others. It also shows the importance of being open to people who can affect one's life for the better. She will read from her new novel and sign books.

Brown's first novel, "Family Secrets: Three Generations," was named Young Adult Book of the Year by North Carolina's High Country Writers. She is a former high school teacher, columnist and public relations executive who resides in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Monica Caruso at (828) 264-8784, ext. 4.