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Local and Award-Winning Author, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, To Speak at the Bristol Public Library

February 27, 2012

Local and award-winning author, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, will speak to the public about her life and her newest book Jefferson’s Sons on Wednesday, February 29th at 7pm. This event will be held in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library. Ms. Bradley’s presentation is free and open to the public. Following the presentation will be a question and answer session followed by a book-signing.For questions about this event or any other library programs, call 276.821.6148 or email marketing@bristol-library.org.

While studying chemistry in a Massachusetts college, Bradley realized chemistry was what she loved to learn, not what she loved to do. She decided to take an Introduction to Children’s Literature class and that’s where it all began. After graduating with her degree in Chemistry, Bradley began writing freelance pieces for magazines, and ghost-writing.

In 1994, Bradley decided to move on from being a Chemist and become a full-time writer. Not long after, she and her family moved to Bristol, Tenn./Va.

In 1998, her first novel, Ruthie’s Gift, was published and Publisher’s Weekly “Flying Start” award and was on six state book award lists. Since then, she has published fourteen books, in all age groups from preschool to young adult.

Her most recent book, Jefferson’s Sons, was published in 2011. It has received many starred reviews and was recently named an ALA Notable Book for 2012. This book tells a story of Thomas Jefferson’s four children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings. While they do get somewhat special treatment, they are still slaves and are told to never mention who their father is.