December 13 – Lynn Cullen

Special Holiday Party Meeting!

If you would like to participate in the book exchange, please bring a wrapped book to the meeting.

Speaker:

Bringing History to Life with Literature

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Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the fifth girl in a family of seven children. She learned to love history combined with traveling while visiting historic sites across the U.S. on annual family camping trips. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington and Fort Wayne, and took writing classes with Tom McHaney at Georgia State. She wrote children’s books as her three daughters were growing up, while working in a pediatric office and later, at Emory University on the editorial staff of a psychoanalytic journal. While her camping expeditions across the States have become fact-finding missions across Europe, she still loves digging into the past. She does not miss, however, sleeping in musty sleeping bags. Or eating canned fruit cocktail. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats.

Lynn Cullen’s newest novel, Mrs. Poe, examines the fall of Edgar Allan Poe through the eyes of his lover, poet Francis Osgood.  A National Bestseller, Mrs. Poe has been named a Target Book Club Pick, a NPR 2013 Great Read, an Oprah.com  “Books That Make Time Stand Still,”  an Editor’s Pick at The Historical Novels Review, an Atlanta Magazine Best Books 2013, and an Indie Next Pick.  Lynn is also the author of The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an April 2010 Indie Next selection. She has written numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and an ALA Best Book of 2008. Her novel, Reign of Madness, about Juana the Mad, daughter of the Spanish Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, was chosen as a 2011 Best of the South selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and was a 2012 Townsend Prize finalist” and was just chosen as a “Book That All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book.  Her newest picture book for children, “Dear Mr. Washington” will be released by Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers in early 2015 and is a Library Guild Selection.  She is currently working on a novel about the women in the life of Mark Twain.

Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend. 

Meeting cost: $12 (cash or check) at the door

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking

10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker

11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

Meeting Location:

Atlanta Hilton Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30092-3416