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Andra Watkins

About Andra Watkins

New York Times best-selling author Andra Watkins wanted to major in musical theater, but her mother was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. She’s the author of four books, including Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, a 2015 National Book Award nominee and New York Times best-seller. Hard to Die is Andra’s latest novel, an afterlife story of Theodosia Burr Alston, tragic daughter of Aaron Burr and subject of the song “Dear Theodosia” from the Tony-award-winning smash "Hamilton: An American Musical." Her energetic library programs have been featured at multiple libraries in SC, NC, TN, LA, IL, WI, and OR. San Diego Public Library’s acclaimed central branch featured her "Make a Memory" program in 2015. Programming director Erwin Magbanua called it the best adult library program he’d hosted in his career.

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6 Tips for Authors to Create Engaging Library Programs

Libraries are community service powerhouses. A peek at any library’s calendar of events reveals one tough fact: author programs are a small fraction of a library’s lineup. Patrons often shun author programs in favor of knitting classes, business improvement courses, and movie nights. Why? Many modern library users see libraries as one-stop community centers....