Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tea & Conversation with Author Caroline Leavitt

Join us for tea and conversation as Julie Maloney, Director of Women Reading Aloud, conducts an up-close and personal interview with award-winning New Jersey author Caroline Leavitt at Bernardsville Public Library on Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm. Audience members will have a rare opportunity to ask the author questions about her work and her writing process.  A short reading as well as a book signing will follow the interview. 

Caroline Leavitt is the author of nine novels, including Pictures of You, Girls In Trouble, Into Thin Air, and Meeting Rozzy Halfway.  A number of her books have been optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines.  Her 2011 novel Pictures of You went into three printings months before publication and is now in its fourth printing.  A New York Times bestseller, it is also a Costco "Pennie's Pick," and a San Francisco Chronicle Editor's Choice "Lit Pick."

Ms. Leavitt's essays, stories and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, New York Magazine, Parenting, The Chicago Tribune, Parents, Redbook, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous anthologies.  She won First Prize in Redbook Magazine's Young Writers Contest for her short story, "Meeting Rozzy Halfway," which grew into the novel.  The recipient of a 1990 New York Foundation of the Arts Award for Fiction for Into Thin Air, a 2003 Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellow Finalist, and a semi-finalist in the Fade In/Writer's Net Screenplay competition, she was also a National Magazine Award nominee for personal essay.

A senior instructor at UCLA Writers Program online, where she teaches "Writing The Novel," Ms. Leavitt also mentors privately.  She is a book critic for The Boston Globe and People, and in 2005, won an honorable mention, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction from the Bellevue Literary Review, for "Breathe," a portion of Pictures of You.  She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. 
Interviewer Julie Maloney has worked in the arts as a performer and educator her entire life.  She is a poet and writer and founder/director of Women Reading Aloud (WRA), a not-for-profit organization that promotes women writers in New Jersey and beyond.  WRA holds workshops, special events, writing retreats, conferences and an on-going writing workshop series each spring and fall during which women writers of all genres hone their work in a salon type setting.  The annual Writer’s Weekend Retreat is held each April in Sea Girt, NJ.  In June, WRA returns for its 3rd Greece Writer’s Retreat on the island of Alonnisos in the North Sporades. Visit: www.womenreadingaloud.org

There is no charge to attend the program at the library, but advance sign-up is requested.  Register online at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org and follow the link from Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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