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Durham County Library Hosts Local Author Monica Byrne

Program: Meet the Author: Monica Byrne
Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host award-winning playwright Monica Byrne for a reading from her first novel, The Girl in the Road, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.

The Girl in the Road is set in the near future, where two women from different times embark on a journey to Ethiopia from the east and from the west, one by a bridge that spans the whole Arabian Sea and one by an oil caravan crossing the Sahara. Their stories intertwine to weave a tapestry on the inheritance of violence, the nature of energy and the fate of humankind. The Wall Street Journal wrote of Byrne’s work, “Sci-fi has long claimed to be the multicultural literature of the future. This is the real thing.”

Byrne is the author of several plays including Tarantio’s Yellow Speedo, recently produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Other plays include The Pentaeon, What Every Girl Should Know, The Memory Place and Nightwork. Byrne has a BA in Biochemistry from Wellesley College and a MS in Geochemistry from MIT.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Jennifer Lohmann at 919-560-8594 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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