In an office filled with avid readers, Valerie Martin’s The Ghost of the Mary Celeste caught fire here and frantic bids were made to see who got to borrow the novel next. Demand was too high, so we had to buy more copies.
Since my job is to find the books I love and try to get the writers to teach for Humber, I contacted her after a weekend immersed in the book, and we got lucky! She’ll be one of the faculty in the 2014 fall workshop that runs downtown right inside the International Festival of Authors in the last week of October. She will be joining Irish writer Kevin Barry on the list, with more faculty to be announced soon.
Here is a bit of her biography from her web page:
Valerie Martin is the author of ten novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property). Martin’s last novel, The Confessions of Edward Day was a New York Times notable book for 2009.