Thursday, September 28, 5:30 pmLibrary Community Room We’re looking forward to hosting Pearl Whitfield (aka Margot Dodds of Lakeview, Oregon) for a reading from her latest novel, Apsara, the story of a young girl in a remote village in 12th century Cambodia. Bopha loves to dance and is chosen to train as an Apsara (court dancer) for King Jayavarman VII. Apsaras dance to bring heaven to earth, blessing the land with prosperity. Bopha walks from her home to Angkor Wat, and begins a life she could never have imagined. This work of historical fiction grew from an experience that Whitfield had in 2013 in Cambodia. Whitfield’s first novel was The Storekeeper, A Tale of Small Town Life, featuring a man who moves to a small town in the inter-mountain west after his wife dies. Ralph buys a mom-and-pop store, enters into community life, and starts to heal from his grief.