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A Virtual Program with Author Martha Hall Kelly

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Free
Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States


The Simsbury Public Library and The Friends will co-host New York Times best-selling author Martha Hall Kelly on Tuesday, February 8 at 7 p.m. for a ZOOM event. Kelly’s million-copy bestseller, Lilac Girl, introduced readers to Caroline Ferriday. Now, in Sunflower Sisters, she tells the story of Ferriday’s ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse during the Civil War whose calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Anne-May Wilson, a Southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists. Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters provides a vivid, detailed look at the Civil War experience, from the barbaric and inhumane plantations, to a war-torn New York City, to the horrors of the battlefield. It’s a sweeping story of women caught in a country on the brink of collapse, in a society grappling with nationalism and unthinkable racial cruelty, a story still so relevant today. “As well researched and engaging as Lost Roses and Lilac Girls . . . Drawing on real events and primary sources, Kelly illuminates parts of history infrequently told”— Booklist review.

Martha Hall Kelly worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised a family while working on her debut novel, Lilac Girls, which became an instant bestseller the first week it was published. She holds a degree in Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. She lives in Connecticut and Martha’s Vineyard.

This event has been changed to a virtual program. Please rsvp via the Event calendar at simsburylibrary.info. A link will be send by 4 p.m. on Feb 8. Call the library at 860-658-7663.

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Date:
February 8
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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https://simsbury.librarycalendar.com/events/evening-author-martha-hall-kelly

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Friends of the Simsbury Public Library
Phone:
860-658-7663
Website:
www.simsburylibrary.info

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Simsbury Public Library
725 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States
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860-658-7663
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