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Virtual Author Talk with Kristin Harmel | The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Please join us for a virtual author talk with Kristin Harmel and her book The Forest of Vanishing Stars! Special guest author Sadeqa Johnson will be joining to discuss her book Yellow WifeThe discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Registration is required for this event. Please register by Wednesday, July 21st. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

**GIVEAWAY** Register to win a Swag Bag!

Through a drawing at random we will be awarding ONE attendee a Swag Bag complete with a copy of Harmel's previous book The Book of Lost Names, a tote bag, koozie, and keychain!

Each registration will automatically enter you into the drawing, but you MUST be present (virtually) to claim your winning. Prize will go to the next name drawn if not. Drawing will be at the end of the talk. Only one entry per person, and it excludes library staff and Friends members. 

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About the book:

The New York Times bestselling author of the “heartstopping tale of survival and heroism” (People) The Book of Lost Names returns with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything. After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what’s happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest—and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a Germanoccupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything. Kristin Hannah meets Where the Crawdads Sing in this heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author whose novels have been hailed as “sweeping and magnificent” (Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author), “immersive and evocative” (Publishers Weekly), and “gripping” (Tampa Bay Times). 

About the author:

Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie and The Sweetness of Forgetting, along with several other novels. Her work has been featured in People, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among many other media outlets. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

About the book:

Born on a plantation in Charles City Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown, has lived a privileged life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the plantation's medicine woman, and cherished by the Master's sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

Freedom on her 18th birthday has been promised to her, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known and unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous “Devil’s Half-Acre,” a jail where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day in Richmond, Virginia. There Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailor’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive Pheby will have to outwit him but soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.

About the author:

Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for best fiction, OOSA best book award, and USA best book award for African-American fiction. Second House From the Corner, was hailed by Essence magazine and a Go on Girl! Bookclub selection for 2017. And Then There Was Me, won the National Book Club Conference fiction book of the year award, and was a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley award. She has also received the Black Pearl Magazine Author of the Year award for 2017.

Johnson is a Kimbilo Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers. She also teaches fiction writing for the MFA program at Drexel University. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia with her amazingly supportive husband of 18 years, and their three beautiful children.

We've partnered with the Friends of the Library and Savoy for this event. Books purchased here will come with a signed copy by the author! Please mention the Westerly Library if you're going directly into the store to purchase a copy!



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