Historical Fiction: A Woman’s Vantage Point

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Authors Marie Benedict (The Only Woman in the Room), Carrie Callaghan (A Light of Her Own) and Ariel Lawhon (I Was Anastasia) bring life to historical figures in a blending of fiction and creativity in stories of Hedy Lamarr, Judith Leyster and Anastasia Romanov. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Once again, Benedict shines a literary spotlight on a historical figure whose talents and achievements have been overlooked, with sparkling results. The Only Woman in the Room is page-turning tapestry of intrigue and glamour about a woman who refuses to be taken for granted. Spell-binding and timely.” ―Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Masterpiece

“A vivid, ambitious novel about art and female friendship. With evocative detail, Callaghan transports us to 17th-century Holland and the early lives of Judith Leyster―who strives to be the first woman admitted to the elite Haarlem Painters Guild―and her friend and fellow artist, Maria, who has great talent but cannot match Judith’s raw ambition. A Light of Her Own is engaging, heartfelt, and brimming with color and light.” ―Frances de Pontes Peebles, author of The Seamstress and The Air You Breathe

“A young Tsarina traveling towards tragedy and an aging Grand Duchess penniless and betrayed. Twin stories so gripping you will believe history itself can be rewritten. Told with masterful intensity and moments of true human compassion.” ―Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War