Author John Smolens at the Peter White Public Library

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Meet John Smolens, the award winning author of “The Anarchist” and “Cold,” on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm in the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room. Smolens will read and discuss his newest novel, “The Schoolmaster’s Daughter,” published on September 1, 2011.

The Schoolmaster’s Daughter is a gripping historical novel set in Boston in 1775. It is the compelling story of espionage, love, and military occupation, based on the courageous acts of Abigail Lovell and her brothers James and Benjamin, during the first year of the American Revolution. The book was ranked as #6 on the  Boston Globe’s Bestselling Books about Boston List in September 2011.

Doug Stanton, best-selling author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm’s Way, commented about the new book, “John Smolens tells the fictional story of the outbreak of the revolutionary war with such fine detail and verve it seems he was there. You won’t forget the lovely Abigail Lovell who helped her two brothers outmaneuver the Brits with a combination of pluck, smarts, and sexual wiles. This is a book for anyone who likes their history served up with literary flair, and deep empathy for a myriad of characters– hot-blooded story-telling at its finest.”

Local author, John Smolens, is a professor of English at Northern Michigan University and the director of the university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. He has published seven novels – The Anarchist, Cold, The Invisible World, Fire Point, Angel’s Head and Winter by Degrees – and one collection of short stories, My One and Only Bomb Shelter. His short stories and essays have been published in various magazines and newspapers, including Redbook, Yankee, Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.

Smolens holds degrees from Boston College, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Iowa. In 2006 he was the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Award from Northern Michigan University and in 2010 received the Michigan Author Award from the Michigan Library Association.

A book sale and signing opportunity will follow the presentation. There is no admission charge. For more information call the Peter White Public Library at 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.

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