Author to share amazing story in library visit

Kiama Library is embracing Library Lovers Day tomorrow with a visit from acclaimed author Robin de Crespigny, who will share her journey in writing her latest book, The People Smuggler: The true story of Ali Al Jenabi, the Oskar Schindler of Asia.

The book tells the true story of an Iraqi refugee, Ali Al Jenabi, who became a people smuggler to save his family.

Kiama council's manager of library services Michelle Hudson said tomorrow was a unique opportunity to meet the woman behind an amazing book that had attracted a lot of attention because of the topical nature of the subject matter.

"Robin embarked on years of meticulous research. She travelled to Indonesia to retrace Ali's steps and to Darwin to dig up material from a year of legal trials," Ms Hudson said.

"She also spent hundreds of hours in conversations with Ali himself, making her an honest witness to a lifetime of extraordinary events."

De Crespigny's talk commences at 1pm tomorrow at the Kiama Library, 7 Railway Parade, Kiama.

For more information call 4233 1133 or visit library. kiama.nsw.gov.au.

Meantime at 11am on Valentine's Day, Warilla Library will host a free garden party to celebrate Library Lovers Day.

Special guest Jodie Cooper, local life-coach, motivational speaker and author of the inspiring book Bringing Happiness Home will feature at the event.

Cucumber sandwiches and delicious cakes will be provided with tea and coffee to be enjoyed among some of the beautiful handmade paper flowers.

Bookings can be made by contacting Warilla Library on 4297 2522.

Library Lovers Day is celebrated each year on St Valentine's Day to recognise the enduring relationship between the community and local libraries.

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