09 July 2008


I propose that we read The Lace Reader by (local author) Brunonia Barry for September or October. Perhaps we can even lure the author to our meeting?! I have put word out to her that we'd love to have her join us! The Lace Reader is one of the most talked-about books for Fall '08. It's surely going to be a huge bestseller and we'll be seeing alot of publicity for it. Ms. Barry self published it a few years ago, attracting some great publicity and resulting with $2 million publishing deal with Harper Collins. It will be released on July 29th. I've already ordered my copy!
From the publisher's website--
Every gift has a price . . .
Every piece of lace has a secret . . .
My name is Towner Whitney. No, that's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time. . . .
Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of
The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.
The Lace Reader is a mesmerizing tale that spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths in which the reader quickly finds it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, but as Towner Whitney points out early on in the novel, "There are no accidents."
Check out this article from The Boston Globe about Brunonia Barry's $2 million dollar book deal!
Check out this link to find out about all of her local booksignings
Here is the link to Brunonia Barry's own website
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brunonia Barry studied literature and creative writing at Green Mountain College in Vermont and at the University of New Hampshire and was one of the founding members of the Portland Stage Company. While still an undergraduate at UNH, Barry spent a year living in Dublin and auditing Trinity College classes on James Joyce's Ulysses. Barry's love of theater led to a first job in Chicago where she ran promotional campaigns for Second City, Ivanhoe, and Studebaker theaters. After a brief stint in Manhattan, where she studied screenwriting at NYU, Barry relocated to California because she had landed an agent and had an original script optioned. Working on a variety of projects for several studios, she continued to study screenwriting and story structure with Hollywood icon Robert McKee, becoming one of the nine writers in his Development Group. Brunonia's love for writing and storytelling has taken her all across the country but after nearly a decade in Hollywood, Barry returned to Massachusetts where, along with her husband, she co-founded an innovative company that creates award-winning word, visual and logic puzzles. In recent years, she has written books for the Beacon Street Girls, a fictional series for 'tweens. Happily married, Barry lives with her husband and her "only child" that just happens to be a 12-year-old Golden Retriever named Byzantium. The Lace Reader is her first original novel. (from the author's site)

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