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June 11, 2008 > An evening with author Catherine Ryan Hyde

An evening with author Catherine Ryan Hyde

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Charlotte Alexander

Are you a voracious reader or an avid fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde? If so you have a chance to meet the author at the Weekes Branch of the Hayward Public Library.

Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of "Pay It Forward" adapted for a movie of the same name will be making an appearance on June 17. Sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. the author will discuss her latest books, Chasing Windmills and The Day I Killed James.

Chasing Windmills is a captivating story of a chance encounter that proves life-changing for two lonely New York City subway riders: 17-year-old Sebastian Mundt and 22-year-old Maria Arquette, a young mother caught in an abusive marriage. The Day I Killed James is Hyde's just-published young adult novel - a compelling tale of love, loss, and broken hearts. The presentation will be particularly interesting for the teens.

"This will be a lively, inspirational presentation," said Sally Thomas, Adult Services Librarian. "We are very excited to have Ms. Hyde visit the library," said Melesha Johnny, Weekes Library branch manager. "Pay It Forward was such a compelling book and movie. We look forward to hearing Ms. Hyde discuss her most recent works."

The Book Shop of Hayward will provide a selection of Ms. Ryan's books for purchase amd autographs at the event. Catherine Ryan Hyde is acclaimed author of Earthquake Weather, and the novels Funerals for Horses, Pay it Forward, Electric God, and Walter's Purple Heart.. "Amongst these, "Becoming Chloe" is my favorite," said Hyde.

The president and founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation, her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize.

Catherine Ryan Hyde
Tuesday, June 17th
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hayward Public Library - Weekes Branch
27300 Patrick Avenue, Hayward

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