‘Pay it Forward’ author to visit; Cleburne Public Library starting teen book club | Local News

Fans of the best selling novel “Pay it Forward,” or the popular film it inspired, won’t want to miss an upcoming virtual event with author Catherine Ryan Hyde hosted by the Cleburne Public Library at 7:30 pm Monday.

The event is free and viewable via Zoom or by joining others Monday night to view Hyde’s talk in the library’s program room.

Hyde’s appearance comes courtesy of Cleburne Reads, an ongoing series bringing authors to Cleburne both in person and virtually.

“Pay it Forward,” published in 1999, proved Hyde’s breakthrough, which led to the movie adaptation the following year. Quite prolific, however, Hyde has more than 40 published books and short stories to her name with more in the works.

“Pay it Forward” also inspired “Pay it Forward: Young Readers Edition,” published by Simon & Shuster in 2014.

That book, targeted to readers as young as 8, offers a revised additional of the original story tailored toward young to middle school age children in addition to lesson plans, summer reading lists and more.

The New York native worked as a dog trainer, baker and tour guide at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California before pursuing writing full time in the early ’80s.

Hyde initially wrote short stories and persevered through more than 100 rejections before first being published.

Hyde’s work, while generally positive in tone, often details the exploits of ordinary people struggling through difficult situations or recovering from past troubles and in many cases mirror events and locations from Hyde’s own past.

Hyde, in addition to writing, photographs nature and wildlife, many of which feature in her coffee table book “365 Days of Gratitude.”

To attend Monday’s event, simply show up at the Cleburne Public Library, 302 W. Henderson St. To watch it on Zoom, email amy.graham@cleburne.net for details.

A US Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded the event.

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The library will soon start a teen book club, which will begin with “Pay it Forward: A Young Readers Edition.”

“As part of the Cleburne Reads project we are excited to engage teens and young adults to promote a love of reading and connection within our community,” Library Assistant Amy Graham said.

For information on the club, email amy.graham@cleburne.net.

Numerous library events, activities and classes for all ages are scheduled throughout spring and summer. For information, call 817-645-0934 or visit cleburne.net/library.

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