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April Local Author Showcase: Argentina Parra and Brenda Maly
April 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This month’s Local Author Showcase features two women with incredible personal stories and books to share!
Brenda Maly – “Was She Even Dead in October”
Unbeknownst to Brenda Maly when she was recruited as Director of Operations at Small World Adoption Foundation of
Missouri, that 15 years later she would be thrust into the sites of an underworld she never imagined or thought possible. With the go ahead from the Attorney General’s office, Brenda tells an astonishing story of how she learned that the business she
worked for (and loved so much) was not what she thought it was, and the Executive Director (who she admired so much) was not who she thought he was.
The riveting true events are shocking and unimaginable. Deception spread to other businesses owned by the Executive
Director including Chesterfield based Zhivago’s Restaurant and the Enigma Lounge.
Brenda Maly was the Director of Operations (1994-2008) for Small World Adoption Foundation of Missouri. She led the company from inception to an internationally recognized $4,000,000 organization. She facilitated the placement of 1800 children. Currently, Brenda is (2008-present) the Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Permanency Partnership where she has unified and manages a state contract for foster care and adoption services.
Argentina Parra – “Silence Is Not An Answer”
Silence Is Not an Option is the true story of Argentina Parra’s decades-long fights for the safety and security of herself and her children through domestic abuse, mental health obstacles, and legal threats. Against relentless barriers, she struggles for stability while she immigrates to a new country, learns a new language, starts a business, and pursues her education while raising a family–despite the efforts of men who want to take it all away from her.
Argentina Parra grew up in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in her early twenties. Shortly after moving to America, her dream took a wrong turn. Despite the fact that she walked through many years of physical, mental, and emotional abuse, she has continued to persevere and overcome each trial she has faced with strength. Silence Is Not an Option is the inspiring, emotional, and courageous memoir of how she managed to stand up for herself against anxiety, depression, and abusive relationships.Today Argentina is a medical and legal interpreter and currently works in St. Louis with the Hispanic community. She is happy that she can be the bridge to help for people going through intense difficulties. Argentina is happy with where her life has brought her, and her desire to help others discover how to find beauty in the ashes and to grow and blossom in the midst of pain.