Visiting Author Presentation
The first presentation of the library’s 2012 Visiting Author Series was an undisputed success this afternoon as visiting author, Paula McLain, spoke to a packed auditorium of library patrons about her recent best seller, The Paris Wife.
Recounting the extensive process by which she researched the life of Hadley Richardson, the first wife of author Ernest Hemingway, McLain spoke of the love she developed for Hemingway and his first wife as she studied the letters Hadley had written to her future husband in the weeks before their marriage.
McLain spoke for about 45 minutes and read aloud several pages of her novel, and then opened the floor for questions from the audience. During the question and answer period, McLain was asked whether she’d like to see The Paris Wife be made into a movie, to which she revealed that the book had been optioned for a movie but that it may be a long time before the idea becomes a reality.
McLain’s presentation was thoroughly enjoyable and showed the author to be not only smart and funny, but a writer with a true love for her craft and a strong desire to recreate for the reader as much historical accuracy as possible. Overall, a completely delightful presentation by an equally delightful author.
For more information about Paula McLain and The Paris Wife, visit the Random House Website dedicated to this book and the author.
~ Catherine H. Armstrong