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Angie Thomas, author of the 2017 best-selling novel, “The Hate U Give,” will be in Omaha next month for an Omaha Public Library Foundation fundraiser.

The author of a hit young adult book, “The Hate U Give,” is coming to Omaha next month for an Omaha Public Library Foundation fundraiser. And tickets are expected to sell out soon.

General admission tickets cost $60 for the Oct. 1 event, featuring Angie Thomas, whose first novel spent 100 weeks on the New York Times’ best-seller list. The story of a black teenage girl who must straddle two worlds amid the police shooting death of her friend tackles subjects of racism and injustice and offers an underrepresented perspective in fiction.

The 2017 novel was made into a movie last year and was the Omaha Public Library’s citywide book choice for its program, Omaha Reads.

The evening event also is a salute to Eileen Wirth. Wirth is a founding member and longtime supporter of the library foundation. She also has had a long career in communications and education, starting with reporting at The World-Herald and ending at the helm of Creighton University’s department of journalism, media and computing. She is also a published author.

Ticket price includes appetizers and dessert. The event will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metro’s Fort Omaha campus.

For more information, call 402-444-4589 or email foundation@omahalibrary.org.

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Columnist Erin Grace has covered a variety of beats since she started at The World-Herald in 1998 — from education to City Hall and from the city's western suburbs to its inner-city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @ErinGraceOWH. Phone: 402-444-1136.

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