If you haven’t been to a Book and Author lunch, more specifically, the Newton Free Library‘s Book and Author Luncheon, hosted by the Friends of the Newton Free Library, then you are really missing out. The Boston-Newton Marriott was, as usual, the host site of choice for this lovely event, now in its 27th year. Honored authors for this year’s event were Julia Glass, author of The Widower’s Tale, and Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story. Both women are incredible speakers and it was a joy to hear them both. Great company – thanks to everyone who went! You are too late for this year (it was last Friday) but you can order the books (just click on the links above) and be sure to put it on your calendar for next year! Here is a link for the event with some more information about Book and Author.

Julia Glass Julia Glass is the author of the novels Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction; The Whole World Over; and The Widower’s Tale. Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning.

Julia lives with her two sons and their father in Marblehead.

Marianne LeoneMarianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. She had a recurring role on HBO’s “Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s (Michael Imperioli’s) mother. She has also appeared in films by John Sayles, Nancy Savoca, and Martin Scorsese. Her essays and op-ed pieces on a variety of topics have appeared in the Boston Globe. She is married to Chris Cooper, an academy-award winning actor, and was Jesse Cooper’s mother for seventeen years. After his death in 2005, her essay on grief was published in the Boston Globe (“He Was Our Touchstone”). Her memoir grew out of that essay. Marianne lives on a tidal river in the South Shore of Massachusetts with her husband and two rescue dogs, Lucky and Frenchy.

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