Signature Series: Laurie Lico Albanese, Award-Winning Author of ‘Hester’ and ‘Stolen Beauty’

Friday, April 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Signature Series welcomes historical fiction author Laurie Lico Albanese to our Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. The author of Stolen Beauty and Hester, Albanese will discuss how other artists, such as Gustav Klimpt and Nathanial Hawthorn, inspire the way she crafts her books.

The presentation will be followed by a brief reception with an opportunity to get autographs! Light refreshments will be provided.

Roebling Point Books will be available to purchase books on-site.

To check out a copy of one of her books, visit our catalogue.

Signature Series Sneak Peek

Sneak Peak Details

Date: 2-2:45 pm Friday, April 28

Location: Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch (1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075)

If you’re interested in the event but are unable to attend in the evening,  join us for the afternoon Signature Series Sneak Peak. Click here for details. 

Laurie Lico Albanese

Laurie Lico Albanese is an award-winning novelist and journalist. In Hesterher acclaimed 2022 retelling of The Scarlet Letter from Hester Prynne’s point of view, Albanese brings Hester’s voice to life in a compelling tale that asks who was the real Hester Prynne, and what if she could tell her own story?

Answering a centuries-long literary mystery, Hester gives life, power, and voice to the woman Hawthorne cast into the role of scorned adulteress, and offers a fresh and empowered perspective on the source of her scarlet letter.

Illuminating the lives of nineteenth-century women alongside the Salem witch trials and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s emerging careerHester is a rich tale about the price a woman pays for creativity and independence and the many ways sisterhood is important to a woman’s survival in every age.

Hester is an Audible Best Books of 2022, an IndieNext and Canadian and American Librarians October 2022 selection, a Gillian Flynn Best Books of Fall 2022, a Book of the Month club selection, and a longlist finalist in Goodreads Best Books of the Year.

Albanese’s novel Stolen Beautyabout Gustav Klimt’s famous portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer (aka the lady in gold), was praised by the Wall Street Journal as “a work of art itself.” 

Albanese is a recipient of a Catherine R. Dodge Foundation Visiting Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Hadassah-Brandeis Research Award, and a New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing. She teaches creative memoir writing at Montclair State University and has taught at Wager College, and the Stonecoast Summer Writing Program at the University of Southern MaineHer novels have been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and soon, Croatian. She lives with her husband in Montclair, NJ, where they raised their two grown children.

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Thank you to the Friends of the Campbell County Public Library for making the Signature Series possible.


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