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October 2019

Frankfurt Book Fair

October 15, 2019 to October 17, 2019
Frankfurt Book Fair

I'll be in Germany at the Frankfurt Book Fair to promote the upcoming release of THE AGE OF LIGHT in German, DIE ZEIT DES LICHTS. It is a dream come true to be able to attend this huge and venerable book event!

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Boston Book Festival: “Fiction: Art and Artists” panel

October 19, 2019 , 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Boston Book Festival

Panel event with Catherine Cusset, moderated by Dawn Tripp. The two novelists whose work we’ll explore in this session craft amazing stories of visual artists who had to fight to pursue their art. In a unique hybrid of biography and fiction, Catherine Cusset tells the Life of David Hockney, daring to imagine the psyche of the groundbreaking gay artist. The result, according to the New York Times, is “an affirming vision of a restless talent propelled by optimism and chance.” In The Age of Light,…

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Paperback Launch Event for THE AGE OF LIGHT!

October 22, 2019 , 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Unlikely Story

Join me at An Unlike Story for a festive evening celebrating the paperback launch of THE AGE OF LIGHT, where I'll appear in conversation with James Scott, author of THE KEPT and host of the great podcast TK with Jim Scott. We'll have cocktails, beer, and wine for sale, as well as delicious French treats. The event is free, but the bookstore would love for people to register: https://www.anunlikelystory.com/event/whitney-scharer

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Concord Festival of Authors: Historical Fiction panel event with Christopher Castellani

October 23, 2019 , 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Concord Free Library, 129 Main St,
Concord, MA 01742

Join Whitney Scharer and Christopher Castellani (LEADING MEN) for brief readings and conversation about the subjects of their most recent novels as well as the increasingly popular phenomenon of writers making real people into fictional characters. The Age of Light brings model and photographer Lee Miller to life, focusing on her art and her relationship to Man Ray; Leading Men is the story of Frank Merlo's relationship with Tennessee Williams. Q&A and book signing will follow.

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Toronto International Festival of Authors: Reading & Interview with Helena Janeczek

October 29, 2019 , 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Canada

Looking forward to being a part of the Toronto Festival of Authors, where I'll be appearing on a panel with Helena Janeczek. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a photographer’s story is boundless. Uncover the lives of two of France’s most storied female photographers of the 20th century, as told by two of the year’s most highly-anticipated historical fiction novels. Helena Janeczek presents The Girl with the Leica, which recounts the life of real-life photographer Gerda Taro, who died during the Spanish Civil…

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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

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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