Saturday, April 14, 2012

Let's Visit with Author Katherine Howe

It is early but we have exciting news - author Katherine Howe is making time to visit our library amid her busy book tour.  She will be speaking here on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Our program director, Dina Ferree, was an early fan of Katherine's first book, the New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane about the Salem witch trials.  Dina contacted the author early in her new life as a famous author and convinced her that small town libraries have a thirst for meeting authors to discuss their books in person.  Katherine was so gracious and interesting during that first visit that we are thrilled to have her back.

Katherine lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts and was raised in Houston.  She began writing fiction while working on her doctoral dissertation in American and New England Studies at Boston University.  Her ancestors settled in Essex County, Massachusetts in the 1620s.  She is a descendant of accused Salem witches Elizabeth Proctor and Elizabeth Howe.  While the story she told was interesting, it is her extensive research and knowledge of the time period that made the book special.

Her new novel, The House of Velvet and Glass, was just released and sounds like it will be just as good as the first.  It is also an historical novel, set in 1915. It tells the story of a young woman reeling from the death of her mother and sister on the Titanic. It involves spiritualism, the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown and a harrowing mystery.  According to Goodreads "The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist that will leave readers breathless".

Check it out before you visit with Katherine on June 2 at 1 p.m.!

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