By the Sea, Across the Ocean, and Into the Woods—The Power of Place in Story

featuring

LYNNE GRIFFIN
ELLEN HERRICK
LENORE MYKA

presenting

Girl Sent Away
The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel
King of the Gypsies: Stories

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
6
Friday
November 6, 2015
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome acclaimed novelist LYNNE GRIFFIN, debut novelist ELLEN HERRICK, and award-winning writer LENORE MYKA for a presentation of their books Girl Sent AwayThe Sparrow Sisters, and King of the Gypsies: Stories. Each writer will discuss their chosen settings and how place acts as a vehicle for revealing character and plot, creating atmosphere, as well as increasing the tension and conflict in their stories. The authors will share how specific places serve as inspiration.

On Girl Sent Away:

Toby Sedgwick is terrified by his daughter's increasingly reckless behavior and takes a tough love approach, enrolling Ava in Mount Hope, a wilderness behavioral camp for troubled teens. Ava quickly realizes that the camp is little more than a prison, warehousing and abusing kids for their parents' money. And after spending a disturbing weekend completing the parent portion of treatment, Toby knows it too. 

As Ava desperately searches for a way out of Mount Hope, she is faced with resurfacing memories of a family tragedy—she can no longer suppress the pain of what happened to her mother and sister eight years earlier in Thailand. As father and daughter fight to get back to each other, the truth may irrevocably tear them apart.

On The Sparrow Sisters:

With echoes of the alchemy of Practical Magic, the lushness of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and the darkly joyful wickedness of the Witches of Eastwick, Ellen Herrick’s debut novel spins an enchanting love story about a place where magic whispers just beneath the surface and almost anything is possible, if you aren’t afraid to listen.

The Sparrow Sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Sorrel, Nettie and Patience are as colorful as the beach plums on the dunes and as mysterious as the fog that rolls into town at dusk.

Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience Sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens. The plants and flowers, fruit trees and high hedges begin to wither and die, and the entire town begins to fail; fishermen return to the harbor empty-handed, and blight descends on the old elms that line the lanes.

It seems as if Patience and her town are lost until the women of Granite Point band together to save the Sparrow. As they gather, drawing strength from each other, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point?

The Sparrow Sisters is a beautiful, haunting, and thoroughly mesmerizing novel that will capture your imagination.

On King of the Gypsis: Stories:

Set against a wild and haunting landscape, the short fiction in this collection spotlight the struggles of everyday individuals to overcome the ghosts they have inherited from Romania's communist past. The book won BkMk's G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by PEN/Faulkner finalist Lorraine M. López, who writes, ''Myka's characters release uncountable fibers, connecting them to one another in the linked narratives, binding them to the harshly beguiling Romania they inhabit and that inhabits them.''

Ellen Herrick
Ellen Herrick

Ellen Herrick

Ellen Herrick is the author of The Sparrow Sisters and The Forbidden Garden. She was a publishing professional in New York City until she and her husband moved to London for a brief stint; they returned nearly twenty years later with three children (her own, it must be said). She now divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and a small town on Cape Cod very much like Granite Point.

Photo Credit: Susan Lapides

Lenore Myka
Lenore Myka

Lenore Myka

Lenore Myka is the author of King of the Gypsies: Stories, winner of the 2014 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Her fiction has been selected as distinguished by The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading series. Her award-winning work has appeared in New England Review, Iowa Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others. She received her MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College. Learn more about Lenore at www.lenoremyka.com.  

Lynne Griffin
Lynne Griffin

Lynne Griffin

Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on relationships and family life. She is the author of Girl Sent Away: A Novel (SixOneSeven Books), Sea Escape: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 2010),  Life Without Summer: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press, 2009) and the nonfiction guides, Let’s Talk About It: Adolescent Mental Health (SixOneSeven Books), and Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment (Penguin, 2007). Lynne teaches family studies at Wheelock College in Boston. She recently completed a second year stint as visiting scholar of education in Singapore. In addition, Lynne teaches fiction writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston, and co-created an innovative and intensive program for soon-to-be-published writers called Launch Lab. For more about Lynne's work visit LynneGriffin.com or follow her on Twitter @Lynne_Griffin.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

Unable to attend a Harvard Book Store author event? You can still pre-order a signed book by one of our visiting authors.

While we can't guarantee fulfillment of a signed book pre-order, our authors are almost always able to sign extra books to fulfill such orders.

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  • Add the book to your shopping cart and then click Checkout.
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  • Call us at (617) 661-1515 and one of our booksellers will take your order. Specify you'd like a signed copy.
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FAQ:

Can I request a personalized inscription?
Unless otherwise noted, we are happy to take requests for the author to sign your book to a specific person, but we can't guarantee it. If you do get a personalized inscription, the book will be non-returnable. We will require credit card information when you place the order.

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Do I have to pick it up in the store, or can you deliver my signed book?
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Event Series: GrubStreet Launch Lab

GrubStreet is one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, offering 500+ classes a year in all genres, for writers of all levels. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. To learn more or find a class, visit grubstreet.org.

These days, authors, no matter how they are published, are frequently on their own when it comes to marketing and promoting their books. Publishers now expect their authors to be active partners in the marketing process, cultivating their audience with all the new tools available to them via social media and innovative marketing. In the midst of all these changes and this unavoidable reality, GrubStreet seeks to build community and share expertise around these crucial new responsibilities.

The Launch Lab is a pioneering program that will equip writers with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective in their efforts while also facilitating friendships and community so that they remain inspired, connected, and engaged in the process. Learn more about the Launch Lab at https://grubstreet.org/programs/the-launch-lab/.

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

GrubStreet: http://www.grubstreet.com/

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