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Author of Psychological Suspense, Catherine Riggs, to Speak at Santa Barbara Central Library

Author Catharine Riggs (pen name for Catharine Morreale) is partnering with the Santa Barbara Public Library to hold a benefit launch event to support The Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library. Join the Central Library and the Friends for an interview, signing, and reading of Riggs' debut novel What She Gave Away on Thursday, September 27 at 5:30 PM.

Catharine Rigg's debut work of psychological suspense features an outsider with a dark past and a bitter grudge who moves to Santa Barbara only to find herself enmeshed in the secrets of her boss and his hapless wife. Riggs grew up in Santa Barbara and lives and writes on California’s Central Coast. A graduate of UCLA with an MBA from Drake University, she is a former business banker, adjunct college instructor and current nonprofit executive with a handful of starter novels tucked away in a drawer.

Riggs will be interviewed by Daniel M. Jaffe, an internationally published fiction writer, essayist, and literary translator. Jaffe's books include Rainbow Award finalist The Genealogy of Understanding and Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living. A resident of Santa Barbara, Jaffe is a past winner of Santa Barbara's John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts Literature Award and teaches creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writer's Program.

“A superb novel from a unique writer with a distinctive voice. Honest, terrifyingly believable, and destined for bestseller lists.” —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of A Steep Price

“Catharine Riggs blew me away with such a wonderful cast of uniquely quirky characters. What She Gave Away is an engrossing tale jam-packed with charm, dark humor, and suspense. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!” —T.R. Ragan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lizzy Gardner Series

Copies of What She Gave Away will be available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds of book sales going to The Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library.  The Friends are dedicated to the growth and development of the Santa Barbara Public Library, ensuring free access to information and resources to all members of the community.  The Friends raise funds for materials, programs, and services that would otherwise not be provided.

To stay informed of happenings at the Libraries, individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Jace Turner, Community Relations Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5611


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