‘Family Guy' writer visits Highland library Dec. 27


By Aileen Wingblad • STAFF WRITER • December 16, 2010


If you're into Stewie and Brian, Peter and Lois, Quagmire and the rest of the gang, the Highland Township Library has an upcoming program that could make you go “giggity, giggity.”

Cherry “Cheva” Chevapravatdumrong, author and writer/producer of the popular Family Guy animated TV series on the Fox network, will be a special library guest Dec. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Dawn Dittmar, teen services librarian and adult reference librarian — and Family Guy fan — said she was thrilled when Cheva readily agreed to visit.

“I e-mailed her, she responded within two days, and I was through the roof,” Dittmar said. “For me, this is a big coup for the Highland library.

Dittmar got the idea to invite Cheva after the Los Angeles resident recently visited the Ann Arbor District Library, near where she grew up and where her family owns a restaurant.

“I figured I might as well ask her. I thought she might be coming back to see her family around the holidays,” Dittmar said.

Cheva will kick off her library visit by showing a clip from the Family Guy episode scheduled to air Jan. 2. “That ought to be really fun,” Dittmar said.

She'll then open the floor to questions. “I'm sure there will be tons of things people will want to ask her,” Dittmar said. Along with her work on Family Guy, Cheva is the author of the teen books “DupliKate” and “She's So Money,” as well as co-author of “It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One,” which she wrote with Alex Borstein — the voice of Family Guy's Lois. Representatives from Fenton's Open Book store will bring copies of all three to the library that night, available for purchase.

Copies of Family Guy DVDs will be raffled off that night, too, she said.

Dittmar said the Cheva program is geared toward teens and adults, and it's a great way to expose young people to the world of entertainment, writing and publishing, as well as the importance of having a career backup plan. Cheva earned degrees in psychology and law before venturing to Los Angeles with aspirations of being a writer, Dittmar noted.

“That's something that's good for kids to see and hear about,” she said.

The Highland Library is requesting anyone interested in attending the Cherry Cheva event to register in advance by calling the library at (248) 887-2218. There's no charge to attend.

awingblad@gannett.com (248) 685-1507, Ext. 261