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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Maryanne O’Hara Author Event

This past Thursday I had the chance to attend an author event with Maryanne O’Hara, author of Cascade, at my favorite indie bookstore, RJ Julia.


When I go to an author event I am looking to learn something about the book that I wouldn’t have otherwise known.  When they bring photos, a slideshow, music, or some other accessory that is pertinent to provide background history it makes it so much more interesting.  O’Hara did just that.  She had photos of the towns of Enfield and Dana before and after destruction for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir.  She also had a list (quite extensive) of other cities that have been destroyed for water projects. 

I also loved the format of the event – it was a very open and free-flowing discussion rather than a structured format of reading, discussion, Q&A.  I liked how there was an interchange of thoughts back and forth.  It was fascinating to learn that the novel Cascade started out as several different short-stories that ultimately were pulled together. 

Maryanne will be doing several more tour stops over the next few months.  I hope you get the chance to check out one of them.  Here are a few of her upcoming stops this month:

  • Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:15 PM - GAITHERSBURG BOOK FESTIVAL – Gaithersburg, MD
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:00pm - Jones Library - Amherst, MA
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:00PM – “The Human Cost of Water” - Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA

You can check out the rest of her tour stops on her site.


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  1. Hey gal.. I see Roses in your sidebar.. hope you're loving it!!
    I wanted to recommend to you another book that I am reading..
    American Phoenix http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17045801-american-phoenix

    I think you will like it. I haven't finished, it's non-fic, but tons of info on the Adams and the particular period surrounding the War of 1812. I am loving it mostly for the tidbits about the folks, and the European/Russia political atmosphere. But also there's Louisa Adams, one tough lady to put up with JQA.

    1. Hey Marie! I have been wanting to get to Roses for awhile knowing you raved about reading it! The length is just daunting! I am listening to it on audiobook which has been awesome so far, since the narrator sounds like a Southern belle!

      I will have to check out American Phoenix - I hadn't even heard of this one and I do love that time period. Thanks for the suggestion!!! Hope everything is going well!


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