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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

January 6, 2012

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

San Francisco Public Library Celebrates New Novel about San Francisco Foster Youth, Flowers and Family with Free Public Programs in January and February

San Francisco Public Library has chosen The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh as its On the Same Page book selection for the months of January and February and will offer an author talk and flower arranging classes to celebrate this wonderful book about foster youth, families and flowers.

Book jacket of the Language of FlowersOn Jan.24, 6 p.m. author Vanessa Diffenbaugh will read from her book, The Language of Flowers, and discuss her inspiration for the novel, as well as present a slide show about the Victorian language of flowers, at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. She will be joined by Isis Keigwin, CEO of Camellia Network, a national non-profit co-founded by Ms. Diffenbaugh. The mission of Camellia Network is to activate networks of citizens in every community to provide the critical support young people need to transition from foster care to adulthood. Book sales provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s Readers Bookstore and signing follows the program.

At two branch libraries in February, local florist Kathleen Dooley, owner of Columbine Design, will present The Art and Language of Flowers. This flower arranging demonstration will offer tips about the meaning of flowers and how to convey messages with colors, shapes and flower types that go beyond what's written on the card. Dooley will also talk about different cultural meanings of flowers and colors and the audience will have time to discuss their own favorite flowers. These will be at the Glen Park branch, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and at the Richmond branch, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.

About The Language of Flowers: Each year, nearly 20,000 young people “age out” of America’s foster care system, and many of them have nowhere to go. Writer Vanessa Diffenbaugh, who grew up in Northern California, has transformed this sad statistic into an extraordinary debut novel. Set in San Francisco and the Napa Valley, The Language of Flowers tells the visceral and deeply touching story of Victoria, a teen who has been discharged from foster care, leaving her alone and emotionally barricaded. It’s also a compelling story about spiritual hunger and the power of nature—and human connection—to help heal hearts. The book is available at all SFPL locations.