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Author of the worldwide no.1 bestsellers The World of Downton Abbey and its follow-up, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes was greeted by over 400 enthusiastic fans at PLYMC's 10th Literary Society event, held October 1, 2013 at Stambaugh Auditorium.
Attendees received a book signed by the author. Appetizers, dinner entres and dessert were provided by Kravitz Delicatessen.
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Author Bio: Author of the worldwide no.1 bestsellers The World of Downton Abbey and its follow-up, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, Jessica is the niece of the hit series' creator, Julian Fellowes. Jessica started as a journalist at the Mail on Sunday, going on to be the Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine, before deciding to focus on books. She has also co-written The Devil You Know: Looking Out for the Psycho in Your Life, with forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, and Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table, ghostwritten for the founders of notonthehighstreet.com, Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker. Her first book was Mud & the City: Dos and Don'ts for Townies in the Country.
Jessica also writes for The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Style, The Lady, Psychologies and The Times. In demand as a speaker, Jessica talks at literary festivals from Scarborough to Cheltenham and appears on numerous radio and TV programmes from BBC Breakfast to BBC4's 'Never Mind the Full Stops' via Radio 5 Live. She was also the regular paper reviewer for Nick Ferrari's LBC Breakfast Show for two years.
Jessica's work for the Downton Abbey books means she has done in-depth research into the social history of the early 20th century, particularly the changes that women were experiencing then, as well as looking at the correlation between the great leaps in technology that were happening then and how similar it feels today.
Jessica was brought up in London, with long summer holidays in the wilds of Kerry, Ireland. She now lives in Oxfordshire and Notting Hill, with her family –her husband, Simon, their small boy, George, and her two stepchildren, Beatrix and Louis, coming to stay.
Denise DeBartolo York
Ed & Chris Muransky
The Frank & Pearl Gelbman Charitable Trust - Huntington Bank Trust
Drs. Carmen & Lynne Julius
Richard & Regina Smythe
Heidi Daniel, David Anderson Jr., Cindy & David Anderson Sr. In memory of Aunt and Sister-in-Law Stephanie Cox of San Antonio, TX (a lifelong literacy and library lover)
Judge Mary DeGenaro
Deborah S. Liptak
Timothy & Stephanie Hunter
George & Maggie McCloud
Jim and Carol Bacon
Karla J. Edwards
C. Reid & Judith Schmutz
Thank you to these generous Literary Society partners and In-Kind Gift Donors:
The Butler Institute of American Art
The Youngstown Opera Guild
The Youngstown Playhouse
The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra
Western Reserve Public Media-PBS
Mahoning Valley Distributing
2013 Literary Society Committee
Mary Ann Cardiero
Anna Marie Jones
Maggie Hamel McCloud
Literary Society Committee
The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra
Butler Institute of American Art
Western Reserve Opera Guild
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Thank you to these generous donors who sponsored the Literary Society event: Ed and Chris Muransky, Denise DeBartolo York, The Frank and Pearl Gelbman Charitable Trust – Huntington Bank Trust, Park Vista, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Drs. Carmen and Lynne Julius, Richard & Regina Smythe.
For more information about The Literary Society, contact the Library’s Development Office at 330.740.6086
New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark has written fourteen previous Regan Reilly mysteries. She is also co-author, with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a bestselling holiday suspense series. Carol’s first mystery, Decked, was published in 1992 and was nominated for both the Anthony and the Agatha Awards.
Also an actress, Carol studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse after receiving her B.A, from Mount Holyoke College. She appeared in Wendy Wasserstein’s “Uncommon Women and Others” at Carnegie Hall, a play set at Mount Holyoke. Recently she played twins who own a bar together in the TNT production of Deck The Halls, the first book Carol wrote with her mother. It’s also the book in which Regan meets Jack.
Using one word titles ending in “ED” came about by accident. After Decked, Carol wrote a book about a murder at a pantyhose convention. She joked that it should be called Snagged. Snagged it was! The rest is history! Carol has a long list of titles to come.
(From the author’s website: http://carolhigginsclark.com/)
The Library’s Literary Society was launched in 2005, the Library’s 125th anniversary year. The Literary Society is comprised of generous individuals who care deeply about the Library and would like to bring to our community special programs, including noted authors, to celebrate reading and literacy.
The Literary Society’s first author event, in October 2005, featured Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Mary Doria Russell. Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as: award-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman; Cleveland’s famous mystery author Les Roberts; Scott London, internationally known journalist and photographer; and New York Times bestselling authors Adriana Trigiani, Lisa Scottoline, Tess Gerrittsen, and Carol Higgins Clark.
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