MCPL Teen Author —Matt de La Pena is speaking for FREE On October 17, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Slavic Church Emmanuel, 2025 S.E. 82nd Ave., near S.E. Division. Matt de la Peña, is the author of the novels Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican Whiteboy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, and the picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, with art by Kadir Nelson. Check out the very cool movie site for Ball Don’t Lie. FHS Library has copies of his books too! Space is limited, and seats will be available on a first-come first-served basis, so plan to arrive early. Congratulations to Pam Garrett and Kate Moore who were awarded grants that will allow selected students to attend a special morning event with Matt on October 17.