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Author to make Merced return

Taneeka Bourgeois- daSilva
Taneeka Bourgeois- daSilva Courtesy of Barnes and Noble

A children’s author with ties to Merced will be in town Saturday for a weekend book event also featuring two other authors.

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, 36, has penned “Broccoli Chronicles,” what she says is the first in a series of children’s books. The Golden Valley High School graduate’s story about Myrtle Beckle and the No Eating Vegetable Club is aimed at youngsters 7 to 12.

Bourgeois-daSilva, who now lives in Los Angeles, is also a teacher, blogger, entrepreneur, educational consultant and writing coach, according to her website.

“Broccoli Chronicles” won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Children’s Fiction, among other awards.

“I am a big advocate for reading and writing and believe that the voices of children should be nurtured,” she wrote on her website.

I am a big advocate for reading and writing and believe that the voices of children should be nurtured.

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, a children’s author with ties to Merced

In “Broccoli Chronicles,” 10-year-old Myrtle lives on Sugarbird Lane with Blabbermouth Samantha. The No Eating Vegetable Club has banned every kid on the block from eating any vegetables, which is why they mock Myrtle, the vegetable nerd.

Also signing this weekend at Barnes and Noble in Merced are Kasie West and Kiran Bains Sahota, whose stories are aimed at a teen audience.

West, 39, of Sanger wrote “Pivot Point,” “Split Second,” “On the Fence” and “The Fill-In Boyfriend,” among others. She is set to appear at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11.

Sahota, who writes at SunsetDahlia.com, will talk about her latest published short stories and host a writing workshop. Her appearance is 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

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