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MISS. STATE, MS – On Thursday, April 16, local artist and author Laurie Parker will present her collection to Mississippi State University Libraries at an event in the John Grisham Room of Mitchell Memorial Library at 2:00 p.m. This event is open to the public.

Laurie Parker is the author of 15 published books, with another scheduled for publication in the fall of 2015. A self-taught artist, Parker wrote and illustrated thirteen rhyming children's books, including Everywhere in Mississippi and Mississippi Alphabet, before turning her hand to "big person books" in 2013 with the novel Matchstick Cross.
Her second novel Yonder Breaks the Morning, a story set in Oxford which pays tribute to World War Two veterans, was published in 2014.

In 2014, Laurie’s work was recognized by the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Parker is a graduate of Starkville High School and Mississippi State University.