Saturday , 26 May 2018

Read Across McKinney Events this month feature author Vanessa Diffenbaugh

read across mckinneyThe 2013 “Read Across McKinney” selection, The Language of Flowers by New York Times bestselling author Vanessa Diffenbaugh, is a novel that explores the themes of forgiveness and second chances. This month, the 2013 Read Across McKinney events include three opportunities to interact with Diffenbaugh about the selected reading. Tickets are limited for both free and paid events.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Collin College Central Park Campus Conference Center, 2200 W. University Dr.
    • Diffenbaugh will discuss The Art and Work of Writing –The Language of Flowers at the free event.
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m., Heard-Craig Hall, 306 N. Church St.
    • The lunch event with Diffenbaugh features a talk onThe Language of Flowers: Concepts of Family and Motherhood. Visit to purchase tickets.
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Boyd High School, 600 N. Lake Forest Dr.
    • Diffenbaugh will share My Foster Care Journey: The Inspiration for The Language of Flowers. Tickets are free to the public, but registration is required. to register for tickets.

“Read Across McKinney brings together residents across the city as they read the same book at the same time, creating a citywide book club. The Language of Flowers is a mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, and it illustrates how individuals define their own community. We are excited for our community to engage with this book and with their neighbors,” said McKinney Library Director Beth Scudder.

The McKinney Public Library System has purchased multiple copies of the featured book in English, large print, audiobook and e-book formats. All event information and additional reading resources can be found online at

Story submitted by Anna Clark, City of McKinney

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