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Children's author Virginia Kroll to visit

The reading, book signing will raise cash for a library and help tsunami victims.

Published November 17, 2006


Virginia Kroll ordinarily writes to bring her emotions to the surface.

"Whenever something affects me, writing about it is cleansing," said Kroll, 58, a former teacher.

In this case Kroll is speaking of her latest book, Selvakumar Knew Better, which she will be reading and signing Saturday at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

Kroll, who lives in Hamburg, N.Y., agreed to the appearance to raise money for the library and to help tsunami victims. Shen's Books, the publisher of Kroll's latest book, is donating part of the book sale proceeds to assist the victims.

Autographed copies will be $20, and guests can make donations as well.

"This is sure to be a wonderful event for the community," said Brett Scharringhausen, president of the Upper Tampa Bay Library Foundation.

The book is about a 7-year-old boy named Dinakaram who lives in southern India. It has a happy ending despite the horrific natural disaster.

Kroll has written 60 books, including Wood-Hoopoe Willie, which won an American Book Award for excellence in multicultural literature. She felt she had to instill hope into Selvakumar Knew Better.

"The secret to writing successfully is to say something ordinary in an extraordinary way," she said.

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If you go

The Upper Tampa Bay Library is at 11211 Countryway Blvd. in Westchase. Virginia Kroll will read from and sign books from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. After a one-hour lunch break, Virginia Kroll will return at 1 p.m., reading and signing books until 4 p.m. Call (813) 273-3652.

[Last modified November 16, 2006, 11:08:09]

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