The event, known as Evening With The Author, marks the culmination of Reads!, which encourages everyone in the Mansfield community to read the same book at the same time. This year’s Reads! selection was Ward’s novel, The Same Sky, a beautiful and heart-wrenching piece of fiction about motherhood, resilience and faith.
Ward, a former librarian and current Austin resident, is a critically acclaimed author of five novels, including the bestseller How to Be Lost. She spent 2014 visiting shelters in Texas and California, meeting immigrant children and hearing their stories, which inspired The Same Sky.
The Evening With The Author, a free event, will follow this schedule:
- 6 p.m. – Hors d’oeuvres catered by Ben Barber High School’s Savvy’s Bistro.
- 7 p.m. – The Friends welcome Ward for an interview moderated by former Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Susan Schrock about The Same Sky, followed by time for the audience to ask questions
- 8 p.m. – Book signing and coffee & desserts
Barnes & Noble will offer all of Ward’s books for sale at the event. Through the retailer’s Book Fair program, a percentage of the sales proceeds will go the Friends. If readers can’t attend, they can also use book fair code 11831484 at bn.com April 29 through May 8 to support the group.
The event is free to all, even those not in the Mansfield community; however we are requesting people RSVP here by April 22 in order to have the appropriate amount of food on hand, as well as bring a used book to donate to our bookstore, which is one of our key fundraising sources.
The Same Sky highlights a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border. The book alternates between the journeys of Carla, an eleven-year-old girl from Honduras who decides to make the dangerous trip north to find her mother in Texas, and Alice, a wife in Austin with a thriving business and loving marriage who feels something is missing, lying just beyond reach.
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