52nd ANNUAL RICHARD D. WHITTEMORE
BOOK & AUTHOR VIRTUAL PROGRAM
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021
12 noon via Zoom
Geraldine Brooks, Novelist, Year of Wonders
with Moderator Susan Isaacs
Cost: $50 per person
The Friends of the Library (FOL) is proud to present acclaimed novelist Geraldine Brooks (see bio below). For the first time our Book & Author, the FOL’s sole fundraising event, will be held virtually on Zoom. The program’s format will be very similar to that of our traditional luncheon. Program Moderator Susan Isaacs will introduce Brooks, and FOL President Amy Bass will serve as Emcee. There will be a Q&A with the author.
All registrants will be entered in a free drawing for a $1,000 gift certificate generously donated by the Americana Manhasset!
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About Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks is the acclaimed author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the notable nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her first novel, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, continues to be an international bestseller and has been translated into more than 25 languages. It tracks a housemaid’s perseverance and heroism as the bubonic plague overtakes a British village in 1666. Brooks told the FOL: “My remarks will primarily focus on Year of Wonders, which I wrote 20 years ago, never dreaming that we would be facing a pandemic in our lifetime. I will also share some thoughts about Horse, my new novel due to be published early next year.” Horse is a “braided narrative” set in three time periods: the racing world of the mid-19th century, the birth of Abstract Expressionism in New York City in the 1940s, and the present day at the Smithsonian Museums. Australian-born Brooks is an author and journalist. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald before attending the journalism master’s program at Columbia University. She later worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 1990, with her husband, the late Tony Horwitz, she won the Overseas Press Club Award for best coverage of the Gulf War. Horwitz was a featured speaker at the FOL’s Book & Author program in 2009. Brooks lives by an old mill pond on Martha’s Vineyard, and spends as much time as possible in Australia.
About Susan Isaacs
Susan Isaacs was dubbed “Jane Austen with a shmear” by NPR’s book critic. Among her fourteen novels are Compromising Positions, Shining Through, Lily White, and most recently Takes One to Know One. Before she took to books, she was an editor at Seventeen magazine as well as a political speechwriter. An alumna of Queens College, Isaacs serves on the Emeritus Board of the literary organization Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She belongs to the National Book Critics Circle, PEN, and the International Association of Crime Writers. Among her honors are the John Steinbeck Award, the Writers for Writers Award, and the Marymount Manhattan Writing Center prize. Her next novel (and second of a series), Bad, Bad Seymour Brown, will be published next year. Isaacs, a longtime support of the PWPL and the Friends, said she is “over the moon” to appear with this year’s featured authors. She has served as program moderator for the Book & Author program for more than a decade. To honor her, the Friends sponsors the Susan Isaacs Collection, which contains books on issues related to women and the workplace that are marked with a special bookplate. Isaacs lives with her husband, a criminal defense lawyer, in Port Washington.