January 6, 2005


Renowned Authors Mary Morris and Valerie Martin Will Read and Discuss New Works

Award-winning authors Mary Morris and Valerie Martin will kick off a new literary series beginning January 27th, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at BPL's Park Slope Library. Both authors will read from their recent work and answer audience questions.

Coordinated by Friends of the Park Slope Library, the new series will run one evening per month through June 2005 and will feature local novelists, poets, and, in a special program, students from local schools.

Mary Morris
Mary Morris is the author of 12 books, including Acts of God, The Night Sky and House Arrest. She has also published three collections of short stories and three travel memoirs: Nothing To Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone, and Angels & Aliens: A Journey West. With her husband, Larry O’Connor, Ms. Morris has co-edited Maiden Voyages, an anthology of travel literature of women. Her latest work, Revenge, is a riveting and psychologically complex novel of two women connected by their neighborhood, their work, and their dark stories.

Ms. Morris is the recipient of a Guggenheim as well as the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her numerous short stories and travel essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Travel and Leisure and Vogue among others. She teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Kafka Prize for her novel, Mary Reilly, and Britain's Orange Prize for the novel Property. She is the author of seven novels including, The Great Divorce and Italian Fever, two collections of short fiction, Love and The Consolation of Nature, and Salvation, a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, which the Los Angeles Times calls "A bold retelling of a familiar, beloved story."

Ms. Martin is a member of the graduate faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and is a Visiting Writer at the University of Massachusetts.

The Park Slope Library Literary Series is offered free to the community as a service of the Park Slope Library and the Friends of the Park Slope Library. Park Slope Library is located at 431 Sixth Avenue (Sixth Avenue between Eighth and Ninth Streets); 718.832.1853.

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