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The Friends of the Simsbury Public Library are honored to welcome Pulitzer-prize winning and New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Egan as the featured speaker at their popular annual spring luncheon on May 16, from noon-2 p.m. at the Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury.
Ms. Egan will discuss “Enriched by Research: Twelve Years of Immersion Led to Manhattan Beach.” A New York Times bestseller and 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal winner for Excellence in Fiction, the novel takes place during the World War II era and tells the haunting and propulsive intertwined stories of heroine Anna Kerrigan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s only female diver, her father Eddie Kerrigan, who works for both the union and the mob, and nightclub owner Dexter Styles, Eddie’s complex and charismatic boss. It is a riveting page-turner featuring showgirls, gangsters, killers, union men, shipwrecks, graft, and teeming and diverse early 20th century Brooklyn. “Egan’s most remarkable accomplishment yet. . . . At once a suspenseful novel of noir intrigue, a gorgeously wrought and richly allusive literary tapestry, and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft, Manhattan Beach is a magnificent achievement.” The Boston Globe
Jennifer Egan is the author of several other novels and short story collections including A Visit From the Goon Squad, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize, The Invisible Circus, a novel which became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz in 2001, Look At Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, and The Keep. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s and other magazines. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and “The Bipolar Kid” received a 2009 NAMI Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Ms. Egan is currently the President of PEN America and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
The luncheon and talk will be held at the Hop Meadow Country Club, 85 Firetown Rd in Simsbury. The cost is $35 per person. Reservations are requested by May 9, 2019. Sign up at the library’s reference desk, register on-line at www.simsburylibrary.info (and click on “Calendar”), or call the library at (860) 658-7663.
Address: 85 Firetown Rd