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City Native To Discuss Novel At Prendergast Library
City Native To Discuss Novel At Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown native who has just published her first book for young adults will speak and sign copies of “Dearly, Departed” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Fireplace Room at Prendergast Library.

Author Lia Habel will greet visitors in full Victorian dress and explain how she came to love zombies and immerse herself in neo-Victorian style and culture. 

“Dearly, Departed” is a fantasy, mystery, and thriller that takes place about 200 years in the future. It has been described as a “hugely entertaining teen zombie novel with an unconventional but tender love story at its heart.”

After she envisioned the plot during an eight-hour bus ride to New York, Miss Habel finished the first draft of the book in a little more than a month in 2008, sometimes writing upwards of 10,000 words a day.

“Most characters were nothing more than a first name and a random hair color before they first hit the page. Their personalities and backgrounds came to me on the fly,” she said.

Miss Habel still lives in Jamestown, where she enjoys taking care of three pet cats, watching zombie movies and collecting old books. She is writing a follow-up book called “Dearly, Beloved,” and fans can follow her blog at liahabel.com.

The author earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in English literature from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She worked as a makeup artist, retail clerk, envelope-opener, door guard and substitute teacher before achieving success with “Dearly, Departed,” which was published in October by Ballantine/Del Rey/Random House.

She launched her book at the New York Comic Con in October followed by a local celebration at Off the Beaten Path bookstore in Lakewood. Reviews on Amazon.com have praised the story, characters, writing and setting.

The book talk at Prendergast Library is free and open to the public. Copies of “Dearly, Departed” will be available for $18 each. 

The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.


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