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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)



Riaos_5_2019_russochard Russo—The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life

aos_5_2019_russo_coverA first collection of essays from a best-selling writer of novels, short stories, and memoir, The Destiny Thief  provides splendid insights into Richard Russo’s evolution as a writer as well as living life as a creative person.   "As a whole, the book is a quest to understand nothing less than why life turns out the way it does…. Perhaps what's most admirable about these essays is their genial and searching tone.” (New York Times Book Review). Russo is the author of eleven prior books, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls. He lives in Portland, Maine. (Author photo © Elena Seibert)