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Join the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Auburn Public Library for a book talk by Emily Blejwas, author of "Once You Know This," on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Eleven-year-old Brittany knows there has to be a better world out there. Lately, though, it sure doesn’t feel like it. She and her best friend, Marisol, stick together at school, but at home Brittany’s granny is sick, her cat is missing, there’s never any money and she has to worry about her little brother, Tommy. Brittany has a hard time picturing her future as anything but a plain white sky. If her life is ever going to change, she needs a plan. Once she starts believing in herself, Brittany realizes that what has always seemed out of reach might be just around the corner.

Emily Chambers Blejwas grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Mobile with her husband and four children. She directs the Gulf States Health Policy Center, has worked in the fields of community development and victim advocacy and holds degrees from Auburn University and Kenyon College. "Once You Know This" is her first novel.

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., Auburn.

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