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On Tuesday, March 20, Flagler College will host novelist Cassandra King for a reading and discussion of her work. The event, to be held at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a book-signing. King's reading is the latest event in the College's "Ideas and Images" 2011-2012 series, a popular program that debuted at the College last year and has welcomed a host of scholars and artists to St. Augustine.

Cassandra King's first novel, "Making Waves in Zion," was published in 1995; her second novel, "The Sunday Wife" (2002), was a Booksense Pick, a People Magazine Page-Turner of the Week, a Literary Guild Book-of-the-Month selection, a Books-a-Million President's Pick, a South Carolina State Readers' Circle selection, and a Salt Lake Library Readers' Choice Award nominee. In paperback, the novel was chosen by the Nestle Corporation in its campaign to promote reading groups.

Released in 2005, King's third novel, "The Same Sweet Girls," became a #1 Booksense Selection and Booksense bestseller, a Southeastern Bookseller Association bestseller, a New York Post Required Reading selection, a Literary Guild Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and a Southeastern Bookseller Association Bestseller. King's latest novel, "Queen of Broken Hearts," has been hailed as "wonderful," "uplifting," "absolutely fabulous," and "filled with irresistible characters" by fellow Southern writers Sandra Brown, Fannie Flagg and Dorothea Benton Frank.

King's short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A native of Alabama, King currently lives in the Low Country of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy, whom she met when he wrote a blurb for "Making Waves."

"Ideas and Images: Scholars and Artists in Residence" features an international composition of artists and authors, introducing a fresh and creative component to the greater St. Augustine community. Each event is free and open to the public. Please visit or call (904) 826-8572 for more information. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days' notice.

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