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URI Bay Campus bookstore to host benefit booksigning for tsunami victims

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Narragansett, RI -- January 10, 2005-- Padma T. Venkatraman will be the featured author at a benefit booksigning to be held on Thursday, January 20, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Coastal Institute Bookstore on the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett. The proceeds of this event will be donated to the victims of the December 26 tsunami, which hit the city where she grew up. Donations will go to recognized charities through the auspices of the Coastal Institute Bookstore.

Venkatraman is the author of several books and articles for children and adults. Her most recent book, The Forbidden Temple, is a work of historical fiction for young adults. In this book ten fascinating stories based on fact are created that showcase the history of India from 3500 BC onward.

The author obtained a doctorate in oceanography at the College of William and Mary. After completing her post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins Universityís Department of Environmental Engineering, she began to devote most of her time to writing fiction, poetry and science.

Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry for adults as well as children have been published in India, Europe and the USA (most notably by Highlights and the Cricket magazine group). She writes regular science columns for leading Indian newspapers and magazines.

She teaches at the University of Rhode Islandís Graduate School of Oceanography, on a part-time basis. Her other interests comprise a long list that includes yoga, art, music, hiking, canoeing and horseback riding. She lives in Jamestown.