The 32nd Annual Book and Author Luncheon

Presented by the Friends of the Newton Free Library

Friday, May 13, 2016 Newton Marriott Ballroom Cash Bar 11:00 am Luncheon 12:00 Noon

Tickets will be mailed on May 2, 2016

Questions? Contact the Friends at

or 617-213-0428.

This event

is a part of the

Newton Festival of the Arts

2016 Honored Author: Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick A professor and scholar specializing in modern American political and intellectual history, Ellen Fitzpatrick is the author and editor of seven books, including the New York Times best selling, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation; History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past, 1880-1980; America in Modern Times, co-authored with Alan Brinkley; Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform. Letters to Jackie became the basis for a recent documentary film by Bill Couturié. Fitzpatrick, who holds a PhD in History from Brandeis University, is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and has taught previously at Harvard University, M.I.T. and Wellesley College. She has appeared as a commentator on radio and television.

2016 Honored Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. She's won 33 EMMYs, 13 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. A bestselling author of eight mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, two Anthonys, Daphne, two Macavitys, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."Her 2013 novel, THE WRONG GIRL, won both the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller. TRUTH BE TOLD is the Agatha Award winner for Best Contemporary Novel, an Anthony Award nominee and a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014. Ryan also won a second Agatha Award in 2015 for Best Nonfiction, as editor of WRITES OF PASSAGE, an anthology of essays by mystery authors, which was also honored with a Macavity Award and Anthony Award. Ryan’s newest novel, WHAT YOU SEE, is an Agatha nominee and a Library Journal Best of 2015, with a starred review which raves “Mystery readers get ready: you will find yourself racing to the finish.” It’s also an RT Book Reviews Top Pick for “Exceptional suspense!” Her first award-winning series starring reporter Charlotte McNally is now available in all-new editions. Ryan is a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. Watch for SAY NO MORE on Nov. 1—Jeffery Deaver says “Superb!” Visit Hank online at, on Twitter @HankPRyan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.
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