The White Hart Inn located on the Green in the center of Salisbury is hosting two special events this May. This speaker series in May will host two authors that will be at the Inn to talk about their books in this intimate setting. Admission to these events are free; books discussed will be available at each event for purchase.
The first event is hosted by AnitaShreve, the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water andThe Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection) comes The Stars are Fire, an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath, based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history. This event begins at 6 p.m.
Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts, the eldest of three daughters. After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. In the middle of her last year, she quit (something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now) to start writing. "I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never." Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazines for her short stories, she published her early work in literary journals. One of these stories, "Past the Island, Drifting," won an O. Henry prize. Despite this accolade, she quickly learned that one couldn't make a living writing short fiction. Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine. One of her novels, The Last Time They Met, contains bits and pieces from her time in Africa. She is the author of 13 other novels, among them the best selling The Weight of Water (made into a movie starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn), The Pilot's Wife (also a major feature film starring Christine Lahti), A Wedding in December, Body Surfing, Testimony, and A Change in Altitude. She is the recipient of the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction. Author image by Elena Seibert.
On May 18 Dani Shapiro, best selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work in Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.
Shapiro is the best-selling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on This American Life. Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey's guest on Super Soul Sunday. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School, and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is also a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler.
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