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Nonagenarian Rockville Author Inspires Others

Rockville resident Frances Chavarria wrote an environmental awareness book, Let Us Dream of Turtles, to encourage people to protect the planet, and now is learning that her own personal story of publishing her first book at age 90, is inspiring people to follow their dreams as well.

Through this love story of two people from very different cultures, Chavarria takes the reader on an engrossing journey of the contrasting lives of a rich, Manhattan socialite and a humble Costa Rican environmental attorney. Filled with suspense and intrigue, the author captivates readers as she weaves a story of the struggle between a greedy developer and a community trying to protect its vital resources and culture.

At a recent book signing of her book, Chavarria met 72-year-old minister Rev. Gloria Lyles, a Silver Spring resident, who said that she had been procrastinating about completing her doctorate because of one difficult course. After reading in a local newspaper that Chavarria had published her book at age 90, after originally becoming discouraged and letting the manuscript sit on the shelf for several years, Lyles said she was encouraged to finally enroll in the course that will allow her to get her Ph.D. “I said that if this woman could publish her book at that age, then I could complete the course. She really inspired me.”

To learn more about Chavarria and her book, visit

June 2020




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