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World Famous Cleveland Resident Brings Her Presentation to Newbury

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On Saturday, May 5, New York Times best-selling author Paula McLain will make an appearance at the Newbury Auditorium at 4 p.m. Ms. McLain is planning to stay to sign books and take pictures with fans and and others who appreciate her work afterwards. In fact, her newest book, Love and Ruin, was just recently released (May 1) and will be on sale (along with several of her other books) at the event—so you can pick one up and even have it signed by the author, herself.

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California, and, after being abandoned by both of her parents, she and her two sisters moved in and out of foster homes for fourteen years (she discusses this in her book). When she aged out of the system, she went through several jobs before she discovered that not only did she enjoy, but she was also very talented at, writing. In 1996 she earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan. She now lives with her family in Cleveland and can happily say that she’s already “a hit” among the stars. Her most popular work, The Paris Wife, is both a New York Times and international bestseller; it has also been published in 34 different languages. This story follows Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson.

Inspired by Hemingway, also, her most recent book, Love and Ruin, follows Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gelhorn, a noted war correspondent. This inspires a fun activity for audience members to participate in—the story is attributed to Hemingway, so this activity connects back to Hemingway, himself, and links back to McLain’s work.

This event is being put on by the League of Libraries, consisting of Geauga County, Burton, and Lake County Public Libraries, a group that pools their resources and staff to attract top-notch authors. “Bringing writers of this caliber to our area on a limited budget is not easy,” Lori Weber, marking manager at Geauga County Public Library, said. “However, working with our partners throughout northeast Ohio, we can reach out to publishers and their agents to garner interest in our community. We are particularly proud to bring McLain to Newbury.”

West Geauga media specialist, Ms. Sarah Thrasher, added, “The community is fortunate to have such an accomplished author come and speak right in our own backyard.  Paula is not only an amazing author but a true testament to perseverance through life’s hard times, as she and her sisters grew up without parents and in and out of foster homes.”

They are also holding an open-mic/poetry slam at 2:30 the same day, so audiences can get their creativity flowing before meeting McLain. This, along with the discussion with McLain, is an activity that needs pre-registration before you can participate.

Sign up at these links:

For the poetry slam –  http://m.engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=9896&EventID=336302&PK=&CFID=36016658&CFTOKEN=69edbd482ef8af18-7AB8A735-EDC0-C954-2DE12A47C87D3807 For the meet-and-greet with Paula McLain – http://m.engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=9896&EventID=335352&PK=&CFID=36016658&CFTOKEN=69edbd482ef8af18-7AB8A735-EDC0-C954-2DE12A47C87D3807

We hope to see you there!

 

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