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January 18, 2018

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Release Date: 01/12/2018

Local Author Laurie Frankel Reads From 'This Is How It Always Is' at The Seattle Public Library Jan. 23

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Best-selling author Laurie Frankel reads from "This Is How It Always Is," a novel about a family faced with new challenges when their son Claude tells them he wants to be a girl, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.


Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.


"This Is How It Always Is" is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales and family. Claude is five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Parents Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret... until one day it explodes.


Frankel is the award-winning writer of three novels. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Publisher's Weekly, People Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald and other publications. All three of her novels have been optioned for film or TV. She lives in Seattle and was featured on an episode of Book Lust with Nancy Pearl.


This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with the Ingersoll Gender Center and Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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