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January 18, 2007

"American Girls" author signs Felicity books at CW's Visitor Center Bookstore

Author Valerie Tripp signs copies of her books featuring Felicity Merriman, a fictional girl growing up in 1774 Virginia, at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at Williamsburg Booksellers®, 101 Visitor Center Dr. The author has written several books in the “American Girls” series, including all the books in the Felicity series.

Tripp focuses her writing on historical fiction for girls between ages seven and 12. She will sign “Meet Felicity,” “Felicity Learns a Lesson,” “Felicity’s Surprise,” “Happy Birthday, Felicity!” “Felicity Saves the Day” and “Changes for Felicity.”

Williamsburg Booksellers offers the books individually, in paperback, in a slip covered paperback collection and a hardback collector’s edition. In addition, a variety of Felicity items, including paper dolls, videos, cooking kits, art kits and companion books, will be available.

In addition to Felicity, Tripp has written all the books in the Josefina, Kit and Molly series and three of the books in the Samantha series. The “American Girl” books are subdivided into smaller sequences, each of which focuses on a particular girl in a unique period of American history. Josefina lives in 1824, Samantha lives in 1904, Kit in 1934 and Molly in 1944.

Tripp earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s of education from Harvard University.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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