Authors on Stage


When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Coffee 9:45 a.m. Program 10:30 a.m.
Where: Wellesley College Club
Cost: $27

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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:

Keith O’Brien—Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

Fly Girls is “a vivid, suspenseful story of women determined to defy gravity—and men—to fulfll their lofty dreams” (Kirkus). Ruth Nichols, Wellesley Class of 1924, is one of the five remarkable women in this exhilarating history of female fliers who risked everything, including their lives. “Mr. O’Brien has recovered a fascinating chapter not just in feminism and aviation but in 20th-century American history” (Wall Street Journal). His presentation will also feature the new release of a Young Readers' edition of this untold story about pioneering women, including Amelia Earhart, who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s—and won. Keith O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, a former reporter for the Boston Globe, and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. He lives in New Hampshire. (Author photo © Erik Jacobs/Jacobs Photographic)

Julia Phillips—Disappearing Earth: A Novel

An extraordinary debut, Disappearing Earth is about two young sisters who go missing on a remote peninsula in Russia. Clues to the crime lie in the subsequent stories of love and loss of twelve women in the girls' rural community. “This novel signals the arrival of a mighty talent” (Publishers Weekly starred review). Early praise from Kirkus includes “an immersive, impressive, and strikingly original unusual, cleverly constructed thriller.” Julia Phillips spent considerable time in Russia as a Fulbright fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. (Author photo © Nina Subin)



Dani Shapiro—Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

In 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had casually submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. Inheritance is her thoughtful inquiry into her newfound genealogy that impacted every aspect of her life and the ethical questions surrounding DNA testing. “Inheritance is memoir gold: a profound and exquisitely rendered exploration of identity and the true meaning of family” (People). Dani Shapiro is a best-selling author of novels and memoirs. She lives in Connecticut. (Author photo © Michael Maren)