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Young author gives reading during Black History Month event

February 13, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Ashley Lilly, second from left, poses with her book, "Wanderer," with (from left) Hon. Deborah Dowling and Hon. Genine Edwards and Leah Richardson. Photos courtesy of the Kings County Courts.
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The Kings County Court’s Black History Month Committee continued its month-long series of events with a reading a book signing by author Ashley Lilly at the Supreme Court in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Lilly, who is the daughter of court officer Harold Lilly, has had five books of poetry published so far in her budding career. Her first, “A Beautiful Journey,” was published in 2015.

On Tuesday, she was in court to read from her most recent book “Wanderer,” which was published in November 2016 by CreateSpace. Afterward, Justice Genine Edwards spoke with Lilly in front of an audience about becoming a writer and the process of having her work published.

In addition to the reading and the talk with Justice Edwards, Lilly spoke about how she designed the illustration for her book cover and the illustrations contained in the book. She also explained how she finds inspiration to write and suggested that all people interested in writing keep a journal with them at all times to quickly write down thoughts and ideas.

Lilly also spoke about her parents and how she dedicated one of her books to them. Her father, who was in the audience, was clearly proud of his daughter, as he beamed with pride throughout the talk.

Lilly has turned out more than five books in roughly the last two years, but she doesn’t plan to slow down. She said that she is working on two different novels, but has taken a break from those so she can work on a book of short stories.


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