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Parker tackles racism, stereotyping in ‘The Matchstick Cross’ at LWB

December 12, 2013

By Donna Summerall

The December meeting for Luncheon With Books at the Bryan Public Library brought author Laurie Parker, well – known for her beautiful children’s books, “Everywhere in Mississippi,” “A is for Angels” and 10 others, to share her first novel “The Matchstick Cross.”
Friends of the Library president, Lucille Armstrong welcomed everyone to Luncheon With Books.
“We are always happy to have Laurie Parker back with us, we didn’t see her last year and we all missed her,” said Armstrong. “She is a favorite here at Luncheon With Books, her children’s books are a delight to adults with their poetry and beautiful artwork. She illustrates her own books, so she is not only a writer but an artist as well.”
Parker said that after writing and self – publishing 13 children’s books, she has now written a “big person’s book.” Her first book “Everywhere In Mississippi” was published in 1996. She said she has always been a writer, ever since she could hold a pencil. Her favorite writing style was poetry, both rhyming and free verse, but since the market has little use for poetry, she has changed from poetry to prose.

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