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We’re so excited to have authors Marjan Kamali, William Martin, and Jane Healey at the Ashland Public Library to discuss their books, writing historical fiction, and the research they do to make their books so fabulous. We hope you can join us for this special evening!

Books will be provided by Haley Booksellers for purchase and signing.

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Marjan Kamali, born in Turkey to Iranian parents, spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran, and the United States. She studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia University and her MFA from New York University. She is the author of two novels: The Stationery Shop and Together Tea.

The Stationery Shop, a Boston Globe best-seller, was a Real Simple magazine Top Editor’s Pick, an Indie Next Pick, one of Newsweek’s 30 Best Summer Books, and an excerpt was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. It is being translated into several languages.

Marjan’s debut novel, Together Tea, was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection and has been translated into several languages and adapted for the stage.

Marjan’s work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in two anthologies.

William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, a PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. His first Peter Fallon novel, Back Bay, established him as “a master storyteller.” He has been following the lives of the great and anonymous in American history ever since, taking readers from the Mayflower in Cape Cod to Ford’s Theater in The Lincoln Letter to the South Tower on 9/11 in City of Dreams. His latest, Bound for Gold, sweeps readers back to California in the legendary year of 1849 and “solidifies his claim as king of the historical thriller” (Providence Journal). He was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, given to an author “whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region.” In 2015, the USS Constitution Museum gave him the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, for “patriotic pride, artful scholarship, and an eclectic interest in the sea and things maritime.” And in 2018, the Mystery Writers of America (New England Chapter) gave him the Robert B. Parker Award.

Jane Healey is the author of three historical fiction novels. Her novel The Beantown Girls was a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her latest novel, The Secret Stealers, was an Amazon First Reads Editor’s Pick, one of the New York Post’s Best New Books and was also on Frolic’s 25 Best Books of Spring 2021.

Jane has given presentations about the history behind her novels to hundreds of libraries, book clubs and organizations around the country, including through the Jewish Book Council Network and the American Red Cross.  She is also the host of Historical Happy Hour, a monthly webinar and podcast featuring premiere historical fiction authors and their latest novels.

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University, Jane shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, cooking, and going to the beach.

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This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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