Local author launches children's book signing at dk Gallery

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Sep. 20—A local author will appear at dk Gallery for a children's book signing on Thursday on the Marietta Square.

In honor of the gallery's "All Creatures Great & Small" exhibit appearing this month, Beth Sessoms will appear for a book signing of her latest work, "Blackbeard: The Bodacious Bandit and Fascinating Tails of Perquimans County."

Sessoms, who is the retired economic development manager from dk Gallery, lives in Marietta. She wrote a children's chapter book dedicated to her six granddaughters in the hope of leaving them with a glimpse of her sense of humor and vivid imagination.

After searching the internet, Sessoms found an illustrator from Ukraine to bring her characters to life. Elena Zheleznyak worked to complete the illustrations on schedule despite having Russian soldiers bombing her hometown of Kyiv, Ukraine, according to dk Gallery. Zheleznyak is now living in Germany, but the men of her family are still in Ukraine defending their country.

"Blackbeard The Bodacious Bandit" is a tale of exciting animal adventures and tells the backstory of Blackbeard, the snake pirate.

The meet-and-greet and book signing will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at dk Gallery, located at 25 W. Park Square NE in Marietta.