Author comes to town with rags-to-riches tale

September 15, 2006

Talk about a made- for-Hollywood tale.

More than 20 years ago, Chris Gardner was homeless, struggling to be a good father to his son -- clinging to the belief that he could make a new start in life.

Now 52, Gardner, who is in town this weekend, is a millionaire stockbroker and the author of The Pursuit of Happyness, an autobiographical look at how he changed his life through perseverance.

And in December, Gardner's story will hit the big screen. The movie, which has the same title as the book, will star actor Will Smith. Smith's son, Jaden, will play Gardner's son, Christopher Jr.

The real-life Gardner is scheduled to discuss his rags-to-riches story today at 6:30 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St. (410-396-5430 or visit www.epfl.net.)

The businessman and author also is scheduled to appear Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Karibu Books at Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Blvd. (410-944-6090 or karibu books.com) On Sunday, he will appear from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Inner Harbor, 601 E. Pratt St. (410-385-1709.)

Also on Sunday, Gardner plans to speak at 9:30 a.m. at Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church, 4200 block Primrose Ave. and at 11:45 a.m. at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

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