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The public is invited to a book talk by Embry Burrus, author of "The Life We Choose: A Sibling's Story," on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Growing up as the sibling of someone with Down syndrome, Burrus was never really aware of her sister Margaret's disability. While writing down childhood memories to preserve Margaret's story for future generations, Burrus gained some startling insights into her parents' lives, and most unexpectedly into her own life. In this memoir, she examines how her sister has impacted, and continues to impact, those who have been fortunate enough to get to know Margaret.

Embry Burrus grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and currently lives in Opelika. For the past 14 years, she worked in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University as a clinical supervisor in speech pathology, and is now a full-time sister, caregiver for her sister Margaret. She is co-author of a textbook, "Professional Communication in Speech-Language Pathology: How to Write, Talk, and Act Like a Clinician," and has been published in "Byline," "Lake Martin Living" and "The Birmingham Arts Journal."

The event is free, open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the Arts and Humanities website.