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Author will interact with teens during library visit

Frank Beddor, author of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy, will speak at the Robert Trail Library Oct. 6.

While it's always fun to meet authors, librarian Gladys Kim is really excited about Frank Beddor's visit to the Robert Trail Library Oct. 6.

"I read the Looking Glass Wars and really enjoyed them and I have heard that he does a really good presentation," said Kim.

Beddor is the author of the popular teen trilogy Looking Glass Wars, and the Hatter M graphic novels. The Looking Glass Wars trilogy takes Lewis Carrol's classic 19th century tale of Alice in Wonderland off into unexpected literary.

The trilogy challenges Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, sleepy dormice and a curious little blonde girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

The premise is that Carroll's two books - Alice and Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - were, in the story, a distortion of the "true events" portrayed in these novels.

Beddor's novels feature twists on the original story, such as the white rabbit actually being Alyss's (Alice's) tutor, Bibwit Harte, and that the Mad Hatter is actually a very agile, sober bodyguard named Hatter Madigan.

Beddor, a Minnesota native, now lives in Los Angeles. In addition to writing books he has worked as a stunt man and producer. He is currently CEO of Automatic Pictures, a film, television and interactive game production company.

Kim said during his interactive presentation Beddor will talk about writing the trilogy and the graphic novels that complement the story. Additionally, Beddor will discuss the movie making process. Throughout the presentation Beddor will involve teens and take questions.

"I think the kids will really enjoy it, especially those that have an interest in writing," said Kim.

The Minnesota Heritage and Legacy fund made the author visit possible.

"The legacy money has really helped us offer a lot of things," said Kim.

October is Teen Read Month and this event is meant to promote reading.

Beddor will be at the library from 3 to 4:30 Oct. 6. For more information call 651-480-1200.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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