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American Girl author to visit in support of reading charity

By The Mercury

The author of several children’s stories, including a book in the popular American Girl series, will appear at Sunset Zoo Sunday as part of a fundraiser for Ethiopia Reads, an organization that focuses on educating young children in Ethiopia.

Readers can meet Jane Kurtz at the zoo from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and hear her inspiration for the book “Lanie,” about the 2010 American Girl Doll of the Year, who discovers the wonders of her own backyard after feeling like she never has any adventures.

Kurtz, while born in the United States, grew up in Ethiopia in a town called Maji, where instead of watching television or playing video games, she climbed mountains, waded in rivers and made up stories, which she acted out with her sisters.

During the meet-and-greet, there will be animals and insects to view, arts and crafts and refreshments. Kurtz will also give writing tips for young authors.

Autographed books, jewelry, T-shirts and plants, as well as half-price admission to the zoo will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from books and drawings will go toward Ethiopia Reads for constructing new school libraries in Ethiopia.

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