On Tuesday July 8th at 6:30 pm the Maine Writers Talk About… series at the Belfast Free Library continues with best-selling authors Christina Baker Kline and Ayelet Waldman in conversation: “Bringing History to Life in the Novel”.
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 Ayelet Waldman’s Love and Treasure illuminate forgotten chapters of history and reclaim lost figures from the attic of the past.
The richly-drawn characters in Kline’s moving, meticulously-researched novel 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. In Waldman’s spellbinding novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love, and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, she weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of another train, the Hungarian Gold Train during the Second World War. These suspenseful stories profoundly resonate with today’s headlines about social issues surrounding women and children, birth and adoption, art and love. They offer a fascinating look at where we’ve come from, and how the past informs the present.
Please join Christina Baker Kline and Ayelet Waldman to talk about fact and fiction, and how novelists bring the past alive.
The Maine Writers Talk About…series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library.
Books will be available to purchase at each program. For more information please call the library at 338-3884 x 10.