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Julie Murphy, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of young adult novels, will visit Bradford April 11.
Murphy is the author of four books for young adults, including “Dumplin’,” which will become a film by Disney this year, “Ramona Blue,” and “Puddin’,” which will be released in May.
She will appear at 7 p.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel to answer questions about her books and the writing process. A book signing will follow her presentation.
At 5 p.m. in the chapel, the Pitt-Bradford education program and Bradford Area Public Library will hold a community forum and panel discussion called “Who am I?” for parents and teachers of pre-teens and adolescents.
The forum will cover issues that teens with, such as body image, sexual identity, economic struggle and peer relationships. Many of Murphy’s books, like “Dumplin’” and “Ramona Blue,” feature characters dealing with these matters themselves.
Booklist said in a starred review of “Ramona Blue,” “Julie Murphy knows a thing or two about navigating the worlds of girls on the brink of self-discovery.”
Both the forum and Murphy’s presentation are free and open to the public. All community forum attendees will be entered for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.
Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband, dog and cats, and enjoys reading, traveling and watching movies.
A librarian with a baccalaureate degree in political science, she wrote her first book, “Side Effects May Vary,” during National Novel Writing Month. She is now a full-time writer.
In addition to Pitt-Bradford and the Bradford Area Public Library, her trip to Bradford is made possible by Walmart, Hanley Library and the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center.
For more information on Murphy, visit www.juliemurphywrites.com. For disability needs related to her appearance at Pitt-Bradford, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.