On Sunday, October 23, 2022, the Claire T. Carney Library Associates will be presenting its 14th annual authors’ brunch at the Woodland Commons. Parking is available on campus. Reservations are required no later than Friday, October 7. The cost of the brunch is $50, $45 for CTC Library Associate members, with a 10% discount for reservations for tables of eight. Tickets may be purchased from Library Associates members or online. Sponsorships for the program are welcomed. Please contact Maria Sanguinetti by email or calling 508-991-5096.
The Library Associates are delighted to feature three outstanding authors, Barbara Delinsky, Jacquelyn Mitchard and Steven Manchester.
Barbara Delinsky, an American writer of romance novels, is the author of 19 New York Times bestsellers. Born near Boston on August 8, 1945, she graduated from Newton High School, Newton, Massachusetts and went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology from Boston College. She married Steve Delinsky, a law student, when she was very young. After the birth of her first child, she took a job as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald. After the birth of her twins in 1980, she decided to try writing. After only three months of researching, plotting and writing, she had her first book published. Ms. Delinsky has written using the pseudonyms Bonnie Drake and Billie Douglass. In 2001, after surviving breast cancer, she branched out into non-fiction with Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. She has been the recipient of several awards including the RITA Award.
Jacquelyn Mitchard is an American journalist and author. Born in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois on December 10, 1956, she studied creative writing for three semesters under Mark Costello at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Mitchard became a newspaper reporter in 1979 for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel eventually becoming its lifestyle columnist. Her weekly column, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship, appeared in 125 newspapers nationwide. Ms. Mitchard is best known for her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, which was an Oprah Winfrey book selection. All of her other novels have been bestsellers as well as winning critical acclaim for The Most Wanted, Cage of Stars, and The Breakdown Lane. Ms. Mitchard has also written for children and young adults. She is an alum and distinguished fellow of the Ragdale Foundation where she began her writing career with the encouragement of Jane Hamilton.
Steven Manchester is the author of the # 1 bestsellers, Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island and the national bestsellers, Ashes, The Changing Season and Three Shoeboxes. Born on November 4, 1967, a native of Westport, he began his writing career after serving in Operation Desert Storm. His book, The Unexpected War: The Gulf War Legacy, looks at the war through the eyes of a common soldier. He is the recipient of the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Award. His latest book is Bread Bags & Bullies: Surviving the 80’s. Mr. Manchester is the father of four children and is married to the love of his life, Paula. He works as a Disaster Recovery Manager for Sunlife Financial and teaches workshops on how to get published.