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November 20th, 2009 by Terry Miller
Last Sunday local authors Sarah Culberson and Tracy Trivas presented and signed their new book, “A Princes Found,” at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.
Over the past two years Sarah Culberson’s story of the search for her biological parents, and the subsequent revelation of her royal heritage in Sierra Leone, Africa has garnered widespread national media attention. With appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, Inside Edition and plenty of ink in publications from Newsweek and Reader’s Digest to Glamour and Essence magazine, Culberson’s story has become a cultural sensation, appealing not only to young, would-be princesses across the country but also offering important lessons about our connections to the mother continent.
Now Culberson, long-time girlfriend of Beacon Media Publisher Von Raees, is hitting the road to promote her new book, “A Princess Found”, which she co-authored with writer Tracy Trivas. This stop in Pasadena, along with an appearance at Diesel Bookstore in Malibu last month have gotten the ball rolling in the right direction for the pair of young authors.
Growing up, Sarah Culberson struggled with issues of identity during her adolescence and especially in college. She would never have guessed what the truth of her past would unfold for her future. Sarah discovered that she was related to African royalty, a ruling Mende family in Sierra Leone, and that she was considered a mahaloi, the grandchild of one of Sierra Leone’s 149 Paramount Chiefs with the status of a princess.
“A Princess Found” is the true story, the whole story, as told by Culberson herself. It’s a powerfully emotional memoir of an adopted woman who travels across the world to meet her long lost biological father who survived the brutal eleven-year civil war in Sierra Leone. Culberson and Trivas’ book is available at all major book retailers including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and, of course, at Vroman’s in Pasadena.