This blog grew out of a lifelong love affair with books and reading. I’ve been fascinated by books ever since I first discovered the public library around the corner from the house where I grew up in Queens, New York. I remember listening to the librarian read stories to a group of us sitting around an artificial fireplace. Then came after-school afternoons spent browsing along endless shelves of books. After reading my way through most of the books in that branch library, I decided to become a librarian and a writer. I’ve worked in public libraries and taught children’s literature at three universities in the U.S. and Canada as well as visited and lectured in libraries overseas. I’ve also traveled to many countries where I’ve met library leaders, women activists, and many readers.
The expanding varieties of digital media have opened a world of possibilities to bring the best of print and visual formats together and share new ideas across age groups and cultures. I am now reaching out to a new audience with both a biography and fiction work in progress. My biography, Margaret Fuller: An Uncommon Woman, is available as an ebook and a paperback on amazon.com.
My latest project is a series of historical mystery stories set in the 1840s–the Charlotte Edgerton mysteries. They follow the adventures of Charlotte, an immigrant from England, who finds a new life, love, and friends in the New England of Henry Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.The first book, set in the experimental community of Brook Farm, Massachusetts, is called A Death in Utopia. The second book in the series Death Visits a Bawdy House is set in New York City and the third book Death Calls at the Palace takes Charlotte and her husband to London during the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. In the fourth book, Death Enters the Convent, Charlotte and Daniel move to Florence, Italy. You can learn more about these books on the page devoted to the Charlotte Edgerton mysteries.
If you have questions or comments about my work, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org