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Murders, memoirs, and Mother Nature: Author Annette McGivney speaks at SLO Library 

Annette McGivney, author of five books including Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth, will speak at three San Luis Obispo County Library Branches in July. Her novel Pure Land is a unique narrative nonfiction book—part true crime, part memoir—following the brutal murder of Tomomi Hanamure, who was stabbed to death while hiking.

McGiveny will make appearances at the SLO Library on July 18 at 5 p.m. in the Community Room, the Morro Bay Library on July 24 at 1:30 p.m., and at the Atascadero Library on July 21 at 5 p.m.

The book has received high praise since it was released in October 2017. Pure Land was the first pick for Outside magazine's online book club, and it received the Excellence in Storytelling Award from the Coconino Center for the Arts.

McGivney is also the Southwest editor for Backpacker magazine and a journalism professor at Northern Arizona University. She also writes for Outside, Arizona Highways, Sunset, and other outdoor and environmental publications.

For more information on her speaking engagements in SLO County, visit Δ

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