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November 2019

Kauai Writers Conference

November 4, 2019 to November 10, 2019
Kauai Kauai, Hawaii

Master Class: Bringing the Past Alive with Whitney Scharer & Priya Parmar This class with Priya and Whitney is an exceptional opportunity for writers of historical fiction to hone their craft. It is designed for writers of this genre at all levels of accomplishment. Historical fiction presents unique challenges. It is neither biography nor pure fiction. Subjects’ lives must be meticulously researched, and the knowledge gained has to inspire rather than merely be reported upon. Achieving a distinctive voice for each…

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Delicious Discussions Author Series

November 14, 2019 , 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
$40

Otis Library and Bank Square Books present a Delicious Discussions author luncheon with author Whitney Scharer in celebration of her new book The Age of Light. Tickets for this event are $40 and include an author talk and signing, a copy of the book and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun. This event requires pre-registration.  To register, call Julie at 860-889-2365, x128. Delicious Discussions Author Series is a partnership between Otis Library, Bank Square Books…

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Book Covers

November 14, 2019 , 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St.
Framingham, MA

We’re piecing together interesting readers…to read interesting pieces together. Come enjoy an evening of literary entertainment as you listen to selected works – from classic to contemporary, all revolving around the theme of “Home” – read aloud by members of our community. A moderated conversation about reading and “home” – including how we sometimes feel “at home” in the pages of a book – will follow. This event is produced by A Lifely Read, with assistance from Fugitive Productions. Come hear…

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Berlin: German Launch of Die Zeit des Lichts

November 19, 2019
Buchhandlung Geistesblüten, Walter Benjamin-Platz 2
Berlin, Germany
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Gütersloh: Buchhandlung Markus

November 20, 2019
Buchhandlung Markus, Münsterstraße 9
Gütersloh, 33330 Germany
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Hamburg: Lesesaal Buchhandlung and Cafe

November 21, 2019
Lesesaal Buchhandlung & Café, Stadthausbrücke 6
Hamburg, 20335 Germany
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Munich: Reading at Museum Villa Stuck

November 22, 2019
Museum Villa Stuck, Prinzregentenstraße 60
Munich, 81675 Germany

As part of the exhibition "Is this fashion? Forty years of Vogue Germany" at the Museum Villa Stuck in collaboration with the Literaturhaus München.

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January 2020

In Conversation with Serena Burdick

January 8 , 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

I'm looking forward to learning more about Serena Burdick's new novel, THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES.

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In Conversation with Serena Burdick

January 15 , 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
An Unlikely Story

I am lucky enough to get to do not one but TWO events with my friend and fellow author Serena Burdick.

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Writer’s Craft – Writing Groups

January 16 , 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Belmont Books, 79 Leonard Street
Belmont, MA 02478

What does it mean to be in a writing group? Join me and other members of my wonderful writing group, including Celeste Ng, Adam Stumacher, Jenn De Leon, Calvin Hennick, Grace Talusan, and Sonya Larson as we discuss our experiences.

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The Wing Book Club

January 30 , 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
The Wing, 699 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02138

I was thrilled when the coordinators at The Wing reached out to me to let me know they'd chosen THE AGE OF LIGHT as their January book club pick. If you're a member of this terrific women's only coworking space in downtown Boston, please join us for a great discussion in their beautiful space.

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March 2020

Lunchtime Lecture Series: THE AGE OF LIGHT

March 3 , 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, this lecture series is free and open to the public. Each features a scholar discussing one of their recent publications over coffee and cookies. I'll be talking about photography, Lee Miller, and historical fiction. If you're in the area, join me!

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Launch of Katrin Schumann’s THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY

March 4 , 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Belmont Books, 79 Leonard Street
Belmont, MA 02478

In conversation with the wonderful Katrin Schumann about her luminous second novel, THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY.

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Literary Women Festival

March 7
The Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA

For 37 years, the Literary Women organization has celebrated literature and women authors during a one-day festival in our city of Long Beach, California. This year, I'm so honored to appear with luminaries Delia Owens, Casey Cep, Cathy Chung, Karen Thompson Walker, Elaine Weiss and Madhuri Vijay. This event is sold out; please contact the organizers to inquire about tickets.

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Lit.Cologne 2020

March 16 , 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cologne, Germany

I'm honored to be appearing in conversation with Ulla Lenze, author of THE RADIO OPERATOR, at Lit Cologne, one of the world's biggest literary festivals.

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April 2020

Books & Bathrobes With Paula McLain and Whitney Scharer

April 16 , 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Historical Fiction by and about Women: A Conversation  *Please note time listed is PST* Literary Affairs invites you to an exclusive ONLINE Books and Bathrobes event with authors Paula McLain and Whitney Scharer about their novels Love and Ruin and The Age of Light. Join us on Zoom for a book club style conversation between Julie Robinson, Paula McLain, and Whitney Scharer followed by a Q & A.

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Newburyport Literary Festival…Online!

April 25 , 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

I'm "delighted" (har har) to be moderating the AFTERNOON DELIGHT -- Sex in Fiction panel for the Newburyport Literary Festival, featuring Christopher Castellani, Jenna Blum, and Stephen Kiernan. Seminar description: For the past 17 years, The Literary Review in Scotland has published an article -- "Worst Sex Scenes of the Year" -- which is both squirm-inducing and the journal's most popular item. Notice, the literary world holds no least-vivid description contest, no award for most unrealistic dialogue. Writing about sex…

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Housebound Unbound: Historical Fiction – You Had To Be There

April 30 , 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Unbound Book Festival Columbia, Missouri

E.L. Doctorow wrote: "A historian will tell you what happened. A novelist will tell you what it was like to be there." What obligations do the writers of historical novels to be faithful to the historical record? Is there actually a different story they’re trying to tell? And how complicated does that become when a book features real-life characters? Join Clayton (The Last Train to London), Scharer (The Age of Light) and George (The Paris Hours) as they discuss how…

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May 2020

American Library In Paris — Virtual Event

May 5 , 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou
Paris, 75007 France

Although the physical space has temporarily closed, the Library will continue with its Evening with an Author programming during the period of confinement. Our events will continue to be free and open to the public via Zoom (please RSVP here to receive meeting details and password). Events begin at 17h00 (Central European Time). Please join the American Library in Paris as we check in with author Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light. This absorbing debut tells a fictionalized account…

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WGBH Virtual Book Club

May 13

I'm excited that THE AGE OF THE LIGHT is the pick for WGBH's  first-ever virtual book club! WGBH will provide you with reading goals to help keep you on track, then join us virtually on Wednesday, May 13th, and listen as a WGBH personality and I discuss all the intricacies of the novel. A Q&A with those tuning in will follow. Register now for our Beyond the Page pilot. We anticipate that spots will fill up quickly! WGBH will send you…

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