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Visiting Author Series – Shirley Mowat Tucker

August 9, 2012

Shirley TuckerThe public is invited to the Rochester Public Library Auditorium on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to meet author Shirley Tucker as she presents her first novel, Diamonds in the Dust, which was the grand-prize winner of the Athanatos Christian Ministry’s first annual Christian novel contest.

Born in the doctor’s bed in a leper colony, Shirley Tucker spent her early years in Zambia. Despite having no access to children’s books, her love of stories began with her father, who entertained the family with spontaneous stories of animals while traveling long distances on dusty roads. At eight, she moved with her family to Zimbabwe where she eventually became a teacher and told stories of her own. She then moved to South Africa, where she met her Canadian husband, Mark. After a number of years in Canada, Mark and Shirley returned to South Africa, where they founded Phakamani Foundation which helps poor entrepreneurs pull themselves out of poverty giving income, savings and hope for entire families.

The Visiting Author Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Rochester Public Library.

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