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Bellon Visiting Author Series March 9-11 brings back author Diakité

Posted February 27, 2009

A visit by author Baba Wagué Diakité will highlight the 23rd annual Bellon Visiting Author Series scheduled March 9-11 at the Idaho State University College of Education and at area public schools and libraries.

Diakité has been brought back this year due to popular demand, said Beverly Klug, associate professor of education and development, and event organizer.

Diakité grew up in Mali, a country in Africa that borders Burkina Faso. As a small child, he was sent to live with his grandmother in another village so that he could “become educated” before he left for the French public schools where all native children were required attend.

As an author and illustrator, Diakité’s stories include traditional tales from Mali in “The Magic Gourd” as well as contemporary stories such as “I Lost My Tooth in Africa,” that he illustrated for his daughter. His illustrations incorporate traditional Mali symbols from his tribe, and reflect his messages of peace, love, unity and the importance of family. Diakité is also renowned for his pottery, which is sold through a gallery in Portland, Ore., where he now resides with his wife and children.

Three of his appearances are free and open to the public as follows:

• Monday, March 9, 4 p.m., at the Marshall Public Library in Pocatello;

• Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m., at the ISU College of Education Auditorium; and

• Wednesday, March 11, 4:15 p.m., at the Portneuf District Library.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author at all locations.