Local author to speak at library

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 15, 2015
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Local author Julia Heaberlin will talk about her latest book, “Black Eyed Susans,” at Decatur Public Library 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. A book signing will follow.

Julia Heaberlin

Julia Heaberlin

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Decatur Library Foundation.

“Black Eyed Susans” opens with the voice of Tessie, a teenage girl found barely alive in a wildflower field with a scattering of bones, a fragmented memory and the voices of dead girls in her head.

Eighteen years later, a cutting-edge forensic scientist is trying to find clues to a serial killer in DNA extracted from old femurs and skulls. A death penalty attorney is trying to halt the Texas death train as it speeds toward a client he believes was wrongly convicted, and grownup Tessie, now an artist and single mother, is still struggling to quiet the Susans who live in her head.

For information, contact Library Director Pat Peters at 940-393-0290 or

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