Appledore Books Newsletter
May 2008
"Women Writing About Women"
Featured at Newburyport Festival

The panel discussion on "Women Writing About Women" at the Newburyport Literary Festival in Massachusetts April 25-27 prompted discussions of women as property, women as siblings and women as social and political footnotes to history.

Participating authors included Patricia O'Brien (Harriet and Isabella), Anne Easter Smith (Daughter of York), Martha Hodes (Sea Captain's Wife) and Julia Older (This Desired Place). They spoke of their research and creating narratives that transport readers to authentic historical times and places. An audience question-and-answer session followed.

Forty-six events, involving more than 70 writers (including Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts) ranged from poetry readings and children's literature to graphic novels and multimedia performances. The events were held in bookstores, churches, auditoriums, classrooms, the public library and other venues throughout Newburyport.

Author of This Desired Place
Signs in Maine and New Hampshire
Julia Older, author of This Desired Place; The Isles of Shoals, was invited to read, discuss and sign her award-winning historical novel at three venues this month:
May 14. In a program of "Pirates and Poets," Julia presented a reading and discussion of the historical novel This Desired Place, her biographical novel The Island Queen; Celia Thaxter of the Isles of Shoals, the anthology she edited Celia Thaxter: Selected Writings plus Tahirih Unveiled (a verse-novel about Tahirih of Persia) for a large gathering at the Old Homestead Garden Club in Swanzey NH.
May 17. At the annual Festival of the Book held at Monument Square in downtown Portland, Maine, Julia participated in the "Signing Tent" co-sponsored by independent booksellers Longfellow Books and Books Etc. The Festival of panels, discussion groups and readings was also sponsored by Maine Reads, a statewide program designed to encourage literacy and raise funds for library reading programs.
May 30. Older will share the noon presentation with author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) at the 25th annual Book and Author Luncheon sponsored by the Wolfeboro Public Library and The Country Bookseller in Wolfeboro. The event will be held at the Bald Peak Colony Club in nearby Moultonborough NH.

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