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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

Previous Authors

May 2012

Name:

  Jillian Medoff

Email:

    jillianmedoff @ gmail.com

Web Site:

    www.jillianmedoff.com

Article:

    People Magazine

Books:


Letter of Introduction:

I am in the middle of reading the latest novel by our BCCLS Invite an Author for May 2012.

The title is I Couldn’t Love You More and while I cannot wait to finish it, I will hate to see its characters and their stories leave my life. The characters are so recognizable, the pace so frenetic, and the story so gut-wrenching (but make no mistake, there is humor here, too) – all of these things are what makes this story so real. Buy it for your library but certainly give it a read yourselves.

I am delighted to present Jillian Medoff as BCCLS Invite an Author for May 2012.

Jillian Medoff is the acclaimed author of I Couldn’t Love You More, Hunger Point and Good Girls Gone Bad. A huge seller in the United States, Hunger Point was the basis for an original Lifetime TV movie starring Barbara Hershey and Christina Hendricks. Her novels have been translated into several different languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese (abridged), Polish, Turkish, Hebrew and German (forthcoming).

The eldest daughter of a traveling salesman, Jillian moved 17 times by age 17, ultimately ending up in Atlanta, where I Couldn’t Love You More is set. She has a BA from Barnard College/Columbia University and an MA from NYU, where she studied with such luminary writers as Mona Simpson, Jonathan Dee, Robert Coover, and Alice Walker. She also attended Master Classes with Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Grace Paley. A former fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA and Fundación Valparaiso in Almeria, Spain, Jillian taught at NYU and the University of Georgia. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family where she is hard at work on a new novel. You can read more about her books at www.jillianmedoff.com

On Hunger Point:

"At once heartbreaking and funny, a debut novel on death and renewal that is strong and honest… Despite the subject matter, an exuberant meditation on life, family, and the hard-won satisfactions of personal change."

Kirkus

On Good Girls Gone Bad:

"Acerbic wit and pathos distinguish Medoff's accomplished second novel …Another success, combining genuine psychological depth with humor and irony. "

Kirkus

On I Couldn't Love You More:

"By turns hilarious and heart-wrenching, Medoff's honest writing and realistic dialogue make the book truly enjoyable, while a Sophie's Choice moment and its repercussions make it a real page-turner. "

Booklist

"Medoff's exploration of fidelity, family, and parenthood provides a complex look at the difficult role of a stepparent. "

Publishers Weekly

Her publisher, Beacon Press, has generously donated copies of her book for BCCLI have some copies of I Couldn’t Love You More available to first requesters but ask fast. I expect high demand.S libraries to add to their collections, so email me quickly and I’ll send your library a copy.

Jillian is available for library visits in person and via phone and Skype. Please contact her directly at: jillianmedoff @ gmail.com. I hope you’ll all think about inviting Jillian to your libraries. After reading her latest novel, I am sure you’ll agree that it is a perfect book club choice and Medoff the perfect library speaker.

Warmest regards and happy reading!

Arlene