Cecilia Galante is featured speaker at library event

March 9, 2013

The Friends of the Back Mountain Memorial Library will host their 25th annual Luncheon with a Special Author at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Dallas.

Guest speaker will be local author Cecilia Galante.

Galante is the author of six young adult novels and a children’s chapter-book series.

Her first novel, “The Patron Saint of Butterflies,” was the recipient of many awards, including an NAIBA Best Book of the Year, an Oprah’s Teen Read Selection and an Amazon Top Ten.

Her other novels, including “Willowood,” “The Sweetness of Salt,” “Hershey Herself,” “The Summer of May” and the “Little Wings” series, have been nominated for several distinctions, including YALSA’s Best Fiction Award, the Pennsylvania Keystone Award, The Washington Post Best Summer Reads and many others.

Her books have also been translated into Japanese, Turkish, Polish and German.

Galante teaches eighth-grade English at Wyoming Seminary Lower School and is on the creative writing faculty at Wilkes University where she teaches at the graduate level.

Her sixth novel, “The Blessing,” will be released by Random House in the fall of 2013.

She received a B.A. in English from King’s College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont.

The event will begin with a time for hospitality at 11:30 a.m. This year’s menu will be a buffet luncheon, including an appetizer table, an entrée table with a wide variety of meats and vegetables, assorted salads, breads and muffins, and will be topped off with a dessert bar featuring a variety of cookies, assorted mini pastries and ice cream.

The cost is $26 with all proceeds going to benefit the library. Tables of eight are encouraged and may be reserved.

Checks should be made payable to the Back Mountain Memorial Library and received at the library at 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas by April 11.

Invitations have been mailed to previous attendees. Additional reservation forms are available at the library.