March 8: L. Divine, author of the Drama High series, comes to Columbus Public Library

Atlanta-based L. Divine, author of the Drama High series, has a Q&A at 7 p.m. March 8 at Columbus Public Library. The series features a California teen Jayd Jackson who deals with more than average high school drama and has supernatural abilities. She will give a public talk about her work and will sign copies of her books after the presentation. Admission is free, and no advance tickets are needed.

She'll also speak to students at Spencer and Hardaway High Schools during the day. Her appearance is sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and is funded by the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries. The visit is part of an ongoing series to bring Young Adult authors to Columbus to encourage area teens to read and discuss popular literature.

The Drama High series follows and examines the first-person experiences of Jayd Jackson, a young African-American teen from Compton, California who enters a predominantly white high school in the South Bay of Southern California. First published in 2006, the series has earned positive reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Ebony and Essence magazines. Author Divine uses her experiences as a former teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District to help create the books that, while specific in terms plot and atmosphere, have received critical acclaim for their universal appeal.

When not writing, L. Divine guest lectures and holds workshops for writers and young adults. She is also involved in community activities and serves as a writing expert on various panels. She served as a Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA and continues to be an active member of academia, researching issues in African Diaspora and Women’s Studies.

An avid volunteer, L. Divine continues to serve communities who would not otherwise have access to the novels by donating her time and books to local schools and community programs focusing on African American teenage girls. She already has plans for her second series, Drama U, which will focus on protagonist Jayd Jackson’s college experience.

For more information please call 706-243-2669 or visit www.cvlga.org.