‘Pay it Forward’ author to visit; Cleburne Public Library launches teen book club


April 1 – Fans of the bestselling novel ‘Pay it Forward’ or the popular film it inspired won’t want to miss an upcoming virtual event with author Catherine Ryan Hyde hosted by the Cleburne Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The event is free and viewable via Zoom or by joining others on Monday night to see Hyde’s speech in the Library Program Room.

Hyde’s appearance is courtesy of Cleburne Reads, an ongoing series bringing authors to Cleburne in person and virtually.

“Pay it Forward”, released in 1999, proved Hyde’s breakthrough, which led to the film adaptation the following year. Quite prolific, however, Hyde has published over 40 books and short stories to his name and more are in the works.

“Pay it Forward” also inspired “Pay it Forward: Young Readers Edition”, published by Simon & Shuster in 2014.

This book, aimed at readers as young as 8, offers a revised version of the original story suitable for school-aged children, in addition to lesson plans, summer reading lists and more.

The New York native worked as a dog trainer, baker and tour guide at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., before pursuing writing full-time in the early 80s.

Hyde first wrote short stories and persevered through over 100 rejections before being published for the first time.

Hyde’s work, while generally positive in tone, often details the exploits of ordinary people struggling with difficult situations or recovering from past troubles, and in many cases reflects events and places from Hyde’s own past.

Hyde, in addition to writing, photographs nature and wildlife, many of which feature in his “365 Days of Gratitude” coffee table book.

To attend Monday’s event, simply drop by the Cleburne Public Library, 302 W. Henderson St. To watch it on Zoom, email [email protected] for more details.

A grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services funded the event.

Teen book club

The library will soon open a book club for teens, beginning with “Pay it Forward: A Young Readers Edition.”

“As part of the Cleburne Reads Project, we are excited to engage teens and young adults to promote a love of reading and connection within our community,” said library assistant Amy Graham.

For more information about the club, email [email protected]

Many events, activities and classes at the library for all ages are scheduled throughout the spring and summer. For more information, call 817-645-0934 or visit cleburne.net/library.


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