The Friends of the Library Annual Book & Author Luncheon is set for Thursday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links. For its 40th Book & Author Luncheon, the FOL welcomes Tony Horwitz, author of A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (Picador Press) and Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf).
Registration brochures are available at public service desks.
On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Horwitz realizes he's mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus' sail in 1492 to Jamestown's founding in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a journey of rediscovery, following in the footsteps of the many Europeans who preceded the Pilgrims to America. An irresistible blend of history, myth and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact.
Tony Horwitz won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker before becoming a full-time author. His books include Baghdad Without a Map, a national bestseller about the Middle East; Confederates in the Attic, a national and New York Times bestseller about the Civil War; and Blue Latitudes, a national and New York Times bestseller about the Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook. Horwitz has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.
A rich, wonderfully alive novel from one of our most admired writers, Ms. Phillips' first book in nine years, Lark and Termite is set during the 1950s in West Virginia and Korea. It is a story of the power of loss and love, the echoing ramifications of war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts, and the unseen, almost magical bonds that unite and sustain us. At its center, two children: Lark, on the verge of adulthood, and her brother, Termite, a child unable to walk and talk but filled with radiance.
Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of three novels, MotherKind (2000), Shelter (1994) and Machine Dreams (1984), and two collections of stories, Fast Lanes (1987) and Black Tickets (1979). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship. She has been awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (1980) and an Academy Award in Literature (1997) by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.