The Chattanooga Public Library will host an Author Conversation with Eleanor McCallie Cooper Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Event Space located at the Downtown Library.
While many in Chattanooga are familiar with the name McCallie, Ms. Cooper has made a name for herself as a community coach, leader in nonprofit work, and author. Drawn to her deep roots in the South, Ms. Cooper writes stories that have been hidden or forgotten. Her latest book, Dragonfly Dreams, released in August, is her second book about Grace McCallie Divine, a relative who moved from Chattanooga to New York City, fell in love with a Chinese engineer, and found herself Western during the Japanese occupation. of China during World War II.
Dragonfly Dreams is a fictional story that centers on one of Grace’s children, a young girl caught between two worlds, protecting her American mother from capture during the Japanese occupation of China in WWII and keeping in touch. with his Japanese friend. It explores trauma, survival and the struggle to cope with change. Although written for young adults, Dragonfly Dreams is for everyone.
“Writing for young readers has allowed me to simplify complex historical problems into a universal human story,” Ms. Cooper said. “Dragonfly Dreams sparks conversations about biases from a different perspective, America’s relationship with China, and how people cope with change. I am delighted to present these topics to a diverse audience at the library.
This author conversation will take place in the new event space located in the 4th Makerspace Floor of the Downtown Library. Educational resources for Dragonfly Dreams will be available and refreshments will be provided by the Chattanooga Public Library Foundation. Books will also be available for purchase from the author in cash or by check.
To learn more about the event, visit chattlibrary.org/events. To learn more about Eleanor McCallie Cooper, visit her website at eleanormccalliecooper.com.