Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, June 25, 2012
CONTACT:  Angela Fisher Hall                                            
Associate Director                                             
Birmingham Public Library                               
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                        

Author Stops At Central Library Tonight to Share the First Lady’s Inspiring Family History

WHO:  Birmingham Public Library—Birmingham Bound Lecture Series
WHAT: Author Rachel L. Swarns discussing her book American Tapestry: The Story of The Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama
WHEN: Monday, June 25, 2012, 6:30 P.M.
WHERE: Central Library, Richard Arrington, Jr. Auditorium, 4th Floor Linn Henley Research Library
WHY:  The Birmingham Public Library will be one of the first stops on Rachel Swarns’ national book tour, which includes signings at the New York Public Library’s Schaumburg Center, Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  Author Swarns, a respected Washington-based reporter for The New York Times, tells the fascinating and hitherto untold story of Ms. Obama’s black, white, and multiracial ancestors; a history that the First Lady herself did not know.  At once epic, provocative, and inspiring, American Tapestry is more than a true family saga—it is an illuminating mirror in which we may all see ourselves.

Rachel L. Swarns has been a reporter for the New York Times since 1995. She has written about domestic policy and national politics, reporting on immigration, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008, and First Lady Michelle Obama and her role in the Obama White House. She has also worked overseas for the New York Times, reporting from Russia, Cuba, and southern Africa, where she served as the Johannesburg bureau chief. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

The Birmingham Bound lecture series highlights authors who researched their books in the Birmingham Public Library Archives.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  The program is free and open to the public.

MEDIA:  Coverage of this event is appreciated.  Please contact Angela Fisher Hall at (205) 226-3614 or Jim Baggett at (205) 226-3631 for additional information.
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