Vanessa DiffenbaughTHIS THURSDAY, October 8, the National Writers Series will welcome New York Times bestselling author Vanessa Diffenbaugh, who wrote The Language of Flowersa poignant novel about a foster care teen reaching adulthood and grappling with survival, young love, motherhood, and self-forgiveness. Diffenbaugh will take the Opera House stage this Wednesday with host Sarah Bearup-Neal to talk about her newest book, We Never Asked for Wings.

“Feeling Wanted” – A DOCUMENTARY ON FOSTER CARE, 

When Child and Family Services heard Ms. Diffenbaugh was coming to Traverse City, they jumped on the chance to present a related event. On THURSDAY, Oct. 8,  at 4 pm, doors will open at the State Theatre for a powerful, 15-minute documentary, Feeling Wanted, followed by a panel discussion.  Diffenbaugh will make opening statements and will also be on hand to sign The Language of Flowers and her newest book, We Never Asked for Wings. This event is free, but donations are welcome.