Stacy Schiff will discuss The Witches: Salem, 1692

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-Winner Author will Present her New Softcover The Witches: Salem, 1692 while In Conversation with R. Crosby Kemper, III, Executive Director of Kansas City Public Library.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Stacy Schiff is the Author of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), Pulitzer Prize-Winner; Cleopatra: A Life, a #1 Bestseller and Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography; Saint-Exupery, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, Winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as an Academy Award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She lives in New York City.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of the #1 Bestseller Cleopatra, provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials.  The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar.  It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony.  Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another.  It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.  Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis.  Along with suffrage and Prohibition, the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history.

Drawing masterfully on the archives, Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk.  She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith, the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country, perched-at a politically tumultuous time-on the edge of what a visitor termed a "remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness."  With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness.  Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

DATE & TIME:  Monday, September 26, 2016 at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Stacy Schiff will Present her New Softcover The Witches: Salem, 1692 while In Conversation with R. Crosby Kemper III, Executive Director of Kansas City Public Library.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required.  Visit to Register or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Seating is General Admission.  Rainy Day Books will have Stacy Schiff’s Books for Sale at this Event.  

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: One Author Autographed Softcover of The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff.

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