Author's Series Talk by historical fiction writer set Feb. 8 at PCPL

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Putnam County Public Library has announced a special visit by prominent young adult historical fiction author Michaela MacColl on Monday Feb. 8.

MacColl will give a talk on her book, "The Revelation of Louisa May," followed by a book signing and sale.

The PCPL Author's Series Talk program is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Her talk is part of DePauw University School of Music's Interdisciplinary Festival.

MacColl attended Vassar College and Yale University, earning degrees in multi-disciplinary history.

Her favorite stories are the ones she finds about the childhood experiences of famous people. She has written about a teenaged Queen Victoria ("Prisoners in the Palace," 2010) and Beryl Markham's childhood ("Promise the Night," 2011).

She is writing a literary mystery series for teens featuring so far a young Emily Dickinson in "Nobody's Secret" (2013) and the Bronte sisters in "Always Emily" (2014), and has begun a new series with Boyd's Mill/Highlights called "Hidden Histories" about odd events in America's past. The first entry in the series is Rory's "Promise."

MacColl lives in Westport, Conn., with her husband, two teenaged daughters and three extremely large cats.

About "The Revelation of Louisa May" book, she says: "Louisa May Alcott can't believe it -- her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love."

Intertwining fact, fiction and quotes from "Little Women," MacColl has crafted another spunky heroine for her readers to enjoy.

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