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Arts / Entertainment

Author of The Language of Flowers

April 27, 2012

The popular author evening series sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries, the Poudre River Friends of the Library, KUNC Radio, and Hilton Fort Collins will host debut author Vanessa Diffenbaugh on Wednesday, May 2, for a free lecture that is open to the public.

Wednesday, May 2
7-9 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers, will speak about her debut novel which has become a New York Times Bestseller.

The event is free and open to the public – no tickets are required.

Seating limited to 500

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first come, first served basis (maximum capacity of 500 people).

A book signing and sales will follow the program. The Language of Flowers is Diffenbaugh’s debut novel – a moving portrait of an unforgettable young woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

Book summary

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, aster for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

The author

Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children: Tre’von, eighteen; Chela, four; and Miles, three. Tre’von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship. Diffenbaugh and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.

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This is part of a series of free author evenings presented by sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and sponsored by KUNC Radio and Hilton Fort Collins.

Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: (970) 491-5712