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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.

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July 2015

Trisha Leaver

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Lisa Gornick


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

It is rare that I highlight an author twice but I’m doing it this month - happily.

With Starred Reviews from Booklist and PW and other reviews that are, well, fabulous, our Ms. July is someone who should be on your radar and whose new book should be on your libraries’ shelves.

I am very pleased to present Lisa Gornick as BCCLS Invite an Author for July 2015.

Lisa Gornick is the author of the just released “novel in fragments”, Louisa Meets Bear (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which received starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as two earlier novels: Tinderbox (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and A Private Sorcery (Algonquin). Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in AGNI, The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, and Slate, and have received many awards, including a distinguished story citation in the Best American Short Stories anthology. She holds a B.A. from Princeton and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale, and is a graduate of the writing program at NYU and the psychoanalytic training program at Columbia. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

On Louisa Meets Bear:

"Those who enjoy literary novels of psychological portent will relish this title."

Library Journal

"Gornick's brilliantly constructed third novel (after Tinderbox) offers a seamless series of events, spanning from 1961 to 2009, that explore the full spectrum of life in all its bizarre coincidences, tragedies, and passions… Gornick captures all the heartbreak and joy of what it is to be human."

Publishers Weekly, ***Starred Review***

"Coming full circle in a way that is both oddly surprising and yet feels organically right, Gornick's (Tinderbox, 2013) exploration of loneliness and loss, private connections and personal upheavals resonates with comforting familiarity and profound brilliance. Utterly human and keenly humane, her heroes and heroines are our friends and enemies, our very selves for better and worse."

Booklist, ***Starred Review***

I have to add that Ms. Gornick is also a BooksNJ2015 alum and will be happy to visit BCCLS libraries at no charge, but she does request travel expenses from NYC.

I think there are some great conversations waiting to happen at your libraries with a visit from Lisa Gornick. Email her directly at: I hope you’ll consider inviting her.

Warmest regards,