Claire Carter, Bone Detective - Book Signing Event!


When: Saturday, January 19, 2019,  2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: LSU Museum of Natural Science, Foster Hall

Admission: Free; Sign up below

claire carter, bone detective book coverThe LSU Museum of Natural Science is hosting a presentation and book signing by forensic anthropologist Mary H. Manhein, featuring the first book in a new series for young readers, Claire Carter, Bone DetectiveThe Mystery of the Bones in the Drainpipe. The program will take place on Saturday, January 19 at 2 pm. The series is written by Manhein and is based on real cases. Readers are introduced to Claire Carter and her 11-year-old niece and bone detective-in-training, Penelope Charbonnet. Original black and white illustrations by local artist Leah Wood Jewett serve as visual puzzles that enhance the story. The books are geared toward readers ages 10 to 14 years old.

“Through the series, young readers will be introduced to the skeleton and all the many things we can learn from both human and animal bones, such as: the impact of disease and trauma; determination of age, sex and ancestry; and differentiation of species. Readers will also learn about the diverse people of Louisiana, as well as the abundant and unique flora and fauna of our state,” said Manhein. “We are especially excited to partner with the LSU Museum of Natural Science because one of the chapters in the new book is set here in the museum.”

The program will begin with a presentation by Manhein about the human skeleton and what can be learned from it, as well as how the bones of animals and humans compare to one another. The LSU Museum of Natural Science will have a variety of animal bones on display during the presentation. Jewett will discuss the process of illustrating and show examples from the book. A book signing and sale will follow.

Os Liber Press LLC was founded in 2018 by native Louisianans and LSU alumnae Mary H. Manhein and Leah Wood Jewett. The name of the press comes from the Latin for “bone book,” a nod to the subject matter of the firm’s first title. For more information, visit http://www.osliberpress. com.

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