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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vera M. Barber  

Pen Name: Vera

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Non-Fiction

Born: 1936 in Mattoon, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Barber was born in Mattoon, Illinois and currently resides in Park Forest, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vera Barber, coauthor of ''Ten Sisters, A True Story'' and ''Ten Little Sisters'' grew up in her grandparents home in central Illinois. She has spent much of her life traveling, and has lived in England, Japan, and Alaska. She now resides in the Chicago area and spends her time with family and friends. She is featured in the award-winning PBS short documentary on the Ten Sisters (Prairie Fire - PBS WILL) which won a Gracie Allen Award in 2004. She is featured in a full-length PBS documentary, ''Ten Sisters: A True Story''. DVDs are available through PBS WILL 217 333 1070. Ask your local PBS stations for the time and date in your area. The story of the Ten Sisters was also featured in Family Circle Magazine, and three newspaper articles about the ten sisters won awards for journalism.

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