Wednesday, Aprl 2 • 7 PM
Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train and Kate Manning, My Notorious Life
A Conversation: Fact and Fiction, How Novelists Make the Past Come Alive
What makes a great book-club read?
Our favorite novels transport us to another world. When that world encompasses lost events and characters from the actual past, history comes alive for readers, and book clubs have a lot to talk about.
Christina Baker Kline's NY Times bestseller and #1 Book Club pick Orphan Train and Kate Manning's My Notorious Life are two novels inspired by the great social movements of the 19th century. The authors animate forgotten chapters of history and reclaim lost figures from the attic of the past. Richly-drawn characters in both these moving, meticulously-researched novels are swept up in the orphan-train project that sent 250,000 homeless city children out West to find homes in the years 1853-1925. Their suspenseful stories profoundly resonate with today's headlines about social issues surrounding women, children, birth and adoption. They offer a fascinating look at where we've come from, and how the past informs the present.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:00pm
54 Fairfield St.