Best-Selling Authors To Speak At Umass Dartmouth Library Benefit

Dartmouth, MA-Celebrated authors Carolyn Parkhurst (The Dogs of Babel) and Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs) will read from their latest works and share insight into the writing life when they join guests at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Author's Brunch on Sunday, October 5, 2003.

BEST-SELLING AUTHORS TO SPEAK AT UMASS DARTMOUTH LIBRARY BENEFIT 

Dartmouth, MA—Celebrated authors Carolyn Parkhurst (The Dogs of Babel) and Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs) will read from their latest works and share insight into the writing life when they join guests at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Authors’ Brunch on Sunday, October 5, 2003. The event, which will benefit the University Library, begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Hawthorne Country Club, 970 Tucker Road in North Dartmouth, MA. 

The Authors’ Brunch is sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Library Associates, a community-based group that supports the University Library through fundraising and special events. Tickets for the event are $30 per person and must be reserved in advance no later than September 30. 

In The Dogs of Babel (Little, Brown, 2003), Carolyn Parkhurst’s first novel, linguistics professor Paul Iverson returns home one day to find that his wife Lexy has fallen from a tree in their backyard and the sole witness to her death was their dog Lorelei. To unveil the truth about his wife’s death, Paul decides to teach Lorelei to communicate what she knows. As Paul’s investigation leads him in unexpected directions, he recalls the pivotal moments of his life with Lexy, an enigmatic woman with a passion for life and a troubled past. 

Author and Book-of-the-Month Club judge Anna Quindlen described Dogs of Babel as “enormously engaging on both an emotional and intellectual level, about the limitations of language, how words can only tell us so much about who we are and what we feel… read it without stopping, and I loved it completely.” 

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has optioned the screen rights to Dogs of Babel. 

Parkhurst holds an MFA in fiction from American University. She has published fiction in the North American Review, Minnesota Review, Hawaii Review, and the Crescent Review. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and son. Her grandmother, Dartmouth resident Claire Carney, a former trustee of the University and past president of the Library Associates, invited her to the event. 

Must Love Dogs, Claire Cook’s second novel, became a national best seller and is now gaining new fans in paperback release. The title Must Love Dogs (Viking, 2002) comes from a personal ad. The novel tells the story of Sarah Hurlihy, a divorced preschool teacher whose life is her classroom until her loving but meddling family nudges her back into the dating world. The Boston Globe called the novel “a hoot.” Library Journal declared it “perfect for whiling away an afternoon at the beach,” and The Chicago Tribune proclaimed it “funny and pitch-perfect.” It is now available in paperback (Onyx, 2003). 

Must Love Dogs has been optioned for a feature film by Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties, Lou Grant, Spin City). The movie has been given the official green light by Warner Bros. 

Cook lives in Scituate, MA. She was a teacher for 16 years and wrote her first novel, Ready to Fall, in her Ford Windstar outside her daughter's swim practice. Viking will publish Cook’s third novel, about a mother and daughter who go to college at the same time, in the summer of 2004. 

Books will be available for sale at the Authors’ Brunch, and a book signing will be held after the readings. For more information, call 508-995-3528 or 508-992-4452. 


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