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One Book One Community Welcomes Author Karen Spears Zacharias on July 26

07/25/2012 04:26 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, July 26, Karen Spears Zacharias, author of the 2012 One Book One Community title “A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder,” will participate in a public discussion in LSU’s Cox Communications Center for Student Athletes.


Zacharias will participate in a discussion panel with experts from the medical, legal and child care fields, led by local newscaster Donna Britt. Zacharias will then sign copies of her book. The event starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.


The book is the true story of a 3-year-old girl named Karly Sheehan who was murdered by her mother’s live-in boyfriend. Compelled to consider her own culpability in this tragic case, Zacharias pieces together what happened to Karly through court documents, investigators’ interviews, and interviews with friends, family, law enforcement officials and key witnesses. As the terrible story unfolds, the hard question emerges for everyone involved: Why was no cry raised to protect Karly? This is also the story of a father’s unrelenting love for his daughter, an immigrant’s tragic struggle for redemption and a journalist’s urgent call for change.


The event is free and open to the public. The Cox Center is located on the corner of Fieldhouse and N. Stadium Drives on the LSU Campus.


For more information visit the One Book One Community website at There, participants can learn more about the book and its author, download discussion guides and obtain a complete schedule of upcoming events surrounding the One Book One Community Summer Selection project. Visitors to the site are also able to download a flyer to use as a tool to encourage others to read the book and join the discussion.

LSU Media Relations