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Meet Author Hester Bass

Hester Bass knows a good story when she finds one. She discovered the story of Huntsville’s integration through two historic markers commemorating the desegregation of a public school and a private school during the same week in September 1963. That story stirred her imagination. She had to know more.

So, she researched the time period. She pored over documents in the Special Collections department of the downtown Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. She talked to some of the people who marched – and sat – for an integrated Huntsville.

And then she wrote. The result is the new children’s book Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama,  which will be published by Candlewick Press on January 27.

Now living with her family in New Mexico, Hester will return to Huntsville to talk about her book on Sunday, February 1, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Hester is also the author of two more children’s books, The Secret World of Walter Anderson and So Many Houses.

For more information on Hester’s visit, please call 256.532.2362, and check out her website,

Monday, January 12, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, February 1, 2015 (All day)