Authors on Stage
When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Coffee 9:45 a.m. Program 10:30 a.m.
Where: Wellesley College Club
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Fill your morning with engaging presentations by three authors discussing how they came to write their recently published books, and help support the Wellesley College Library. WCAB Authors on Stage presents these outstanding authors:
Mira Bartók—The Wonderling
This captivating young adult novel, with a deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. Richly imagined, with magical plot twists, this adventure fantasy is in development for a major motion picture. Mira Bartók is a children’s book author, writer and artist (she also illustrates The Wonderling). Her New York Times best-selling The Memory Palace: A Memoir, won a National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in western Massachusetts. (Author photo © Doug Plavin)
Anne Fadiman—The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir
Wine is ostensibly the touch point of this beautifully written exploration of love, ambition, class, and family, one that is an “intricate, often exasperated, and finally deeply tender relation of father and daughter.” (Adam Gopnik) This “graceful, often melodious billet-doux to her father is not unlike imbibing several equally felicitous glasses of wine, their salutary effects leaving one pleasantly sated.” (Kirkus) Anne Fadiman is the author of three prior books, of which The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down won a National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale. (Author photo © Gabriel Cooney)
Melinda M. Ponder—Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea
How did Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) become the poet of “America the Beautiful”? She was born in Falmouth, graduated from Wellesley, and went on to become a world traveler, social activist, foreign correspondent, mentor to Robert Frost, and Wellesley English professor. “A carefully researched and thoroughly entrancing life tale of a brilliant and accomplished woman.” (Megan Marshall) “How I loved this splendid biography! And what a fascinating, remarkable woman she was.” (Doris Kearns Goodwin) Melinda Ponder, also a Wellesley graduate, is Professor of English Emerita at Pine Manor College.