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Tyra Banks to kick off Sesquicentennial Author Series Sept. 15 at North Central

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Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks

Supermodel, TV host and entrepreneur Tyra Banks will discuss her first novel, answer questions from the audience and greet fans Sept. 15 at North Central College. For tickets, visits Anderson’s Bookshops at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, online at or call 630-355-2665.

Banks’ appearance is the first in a series of talks by notable authors this fall at North Central College. The Sesquicentennial Author Series is presented by Anderson’s Bookshops and will include appearances by Caroline Kennedy on Sept. 21, Philippa Gregory on Oct. 23 and Bill Bryson on Oct. 26.

Banks will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The cost is $25 and includes admission to the author talk, question-and-answer session and a copy of her new young adult novel, “Modelland,” presigned by the author.

Banks was 15 years old when she started modeling, the same age as Tookie De La Crème, the main character in “Modelland,” her debut fantasy novel. After establishing a supermodel career, Banks tackled the world of television, creating the hit show “America’s Next Top Model,” which is seen in more than 170 countries, and her two-time Emmy-award-winning “The Tyra Show.”

Banks is a leading voice in empowering girls and is dedicated to expanding the definition of beauty worldwide. She invested five years in conceiving and writing her first book of fiction, “Modelland,” published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Her lifelong love of reading and storytelling is deeply embedded in every page. She was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York City.

Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, booksignings and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Based in downtown Naperville since 1878, Anderson’s operates a second location in downtown Downers Grove. Anderson’s Bookshops was named the 2011 Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the highest honor recognizing independent booksellers. Becky Anderson Wilkins, a co-owner of Anderson’s Books, is a 1982 alumna of North Central College and current president of the American Booksellers Association.

North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on November 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. Throughout its history, North Central College alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, sciences, business, education and many other areas of study. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.