Christine Mapondera Talley

Christine Mapondera Talley

Christine Mapondera Talley, author of “Makanaka’s World,” a picture book series that teaches culture, geography and language in a fun and engaging way, will be the guest author at the Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Talley was born in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, and she now resides in Chicago with her husband and two children. Growing up bilingual gave Talley a unique perspective to help children learn about the globe. Her daughter initially inspired Talley’s writing, as Talley wrote stories for her in Shona, her native language. The author is now driven to write books for children that elevate and celebrate the diversity of Africa and African lives. For more information about the event, call (312) 747-9673. For information about Talley, visit the website at christinemapondera.com.