As part of Pequot Library's "Meet the Author Series," Marlen Suyapa Bodden will discuss her new book, "The Wedding Gift," at 4 p.m. Feb. 20, in conjunction with the opening of an exhibit to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

The exhibit will feature material on the Civil War from the library's Special Collections including rare and valuable editions, illustrations and personal recollections.

Based on an actual court case in 1840 in Alabama, "The Wedding Gift" draws readers into the world of American slavery, delivering an account of the tactics used to control both slave and free women alike.

Bodden, from Stamford, is a human rights lawyer, with more than 20 years experience in New York City representing disadvantaged and immigrant workers. Bodden used her legal experience and knowledge of human trafficking, human rights abuses and slavery to write "The Wedding Gift." She is a graduate of Tufts University and earned her law degree from New York University School of Law.

Additionally, the library will continue its sesquicentennial commemoration with a book discussion group and an exhibit of material from its Gone with the Wind collection in April.

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