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[September 20, 2014]  Beginning in September, the Atlanta Public Library will feature a monthly GET HOOKED ON! exhibit dedicated to a writer popular with Library patrons. A good way for the Library’s readers to share their reading preferences and recommendations, GET HOOKED ON! is a good place to start when looking for something “new” to read.

September focuses on Philippa Gregory, a favorite of Annie Hieronymus who shares her thoughts about the writer of historical fiction as part of the exhibit. Come in and browse Gregory’s books throughout the month.

Philippa Gregory was born in Nairobi, Kenya. She has written a popular series of romantic novels (the Wideacre Series), as well as several children’s books and books with a gardening theme, among others. At the heart of her work, however, are her books based on English history. One of her most popular books, The Other Boleyn Girl, was made into a movie starring Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson, and it led to subsequent works, including The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Constant Princess, The Boleyn Inheritance, and The Other Queen. Gregory’s series on the Cousins War and the years leading up to the Tudor reign became the popular television mini-series “The White Queen.”

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Gregory is also an educational activist. Nearly 20 years ago, she founded Gardens for The Gambia, a charity that raises funds to develop wells in Gambia. So far the charity has paid for 140 wells for the primary school students of this African country.

A former student of Sussex University and a Ph.D. and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, Gregory now lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, England. You can read more about Philippa Gregory on her website


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