When it comes to attracting teens to the library, L. Divine is among the top literary figures.
The educator and author, whose best-selling fiction series Drama High comprises 15 titles in the past seven years, will speak at several stops Friday in Columbus, thanks to funding from the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries.
Divine's public appearance will be at 7 p.m. in the Columbus Public Library auditorium, 3000 Macon Road. She will discuss her work and sign copies of her latest book, "Street Soldiers," after the presentation. Admission is free, and no advance tickets are needed.
Divine also will speak to students at Hardaway and Spencer high schools during the day. Her visit is part of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries' effort to bring young adult authors to Columbus and encourage teens to read and discuss popular literature, said Henry McCoy, the library system's programming and communications coordinator.
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"The Friends help us extend the library into the young adult community," McCoy said. "L. Divine does have an appeal to that group."
Drama High's main character is Jayd Jackson, a black teen from Compton, Calif., who enters a predominantly white high school in the South Bay of Southern California.
Divine is a former teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She lectures and leads workshops for writers and young adults. She served as a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA and continues researching issues in African diaspora and women's studies.
Divine also donates her time and novels to schools and programs. She already has plans for her second series, Drama U., which will focus on Jackson's college experience.