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December author visits will entertain and inform

December author visits will entertain and inform
November 22, 2013
Three authors, each with a unique focus and perspective, will visit Omaha Public Library in December. All ages are welcome to attend presentations by Leo Adam Biga, Walter Dean Myers and Lisa Knopp. These events provide an opportunity to meet the authors and learn more about the inspiration behind their work. All events are free and books will be available for purchase and signing at most author discussions. Register at or by calling the hosting OPL location.

Leo Adam Biga’s book Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film is a compilation of the many articles he has written about writer and director Alexander Payne over a 16-year period. The book shares Payne's creative process and follows the progress of the cinema artist's Oscar-winning career. Biga will share insights gleaned from visits to Payne's sets, including a recent glimpse at the final edit-mix process on the filmmaker's new feature, Nebraska, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402.444.4848.

Walter Dean Myers is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written more than 100 books for young people, and his standout books offer themes aimed at young readers such as teenagers in gangs, soldiers headed to Iraq, and juvenile offenders imprisoned for their crimes. His message to youth is clear: “Reading is not optional.” Myers will present on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. An opening reception and book signing will take place at 5:30 p.m. A complimentary copy of one of Myers’ books will be available to all youth in attendance while supplies last.

What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte by Lisa Knopp is a collection of essays that explores the landscape of the rivers the author has come to understand and cherish. Knopp is an Iowa native who now resides in Lincoln, Neb. She’s an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Knopp searches for knowledge and meaning by viewing the waterways through a variety of approaches. She will share some of her experiences at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402.444.6284, on Monday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.

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