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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.

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April 2015

Ellen Meister

Photo © Ellen Meister.


Ellen Meister


    meister.ellen @

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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

In case you didn’t know it, Dorothy Parker is huge! Maybe larger in death than in life and a big part of that has to do with the two novels that our BCCLS Invite an Author for April has penned. Just take a look at the number of ‘likes’ her Facebook page has.

I am delighted to present Ellen Meister as BCCLS Invite an Author for April 2015.

Ellen Meister is the author of five novels, including Dorothy Parker Drank Here (Putnam 2015), Farewell, Dorothy Parker (Putnam 2013), The Other Life (Putnam 2011) and The Smart One (HarperCollins 2008). Honors include being selected for the prestigious Indie Next List and receiving a TV series option from HBO. Her nonfiction has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal blog, Huffington Post, Long Island Woman, Writer's Digest and more. Ellen teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education, mentors emerging authors, and does public speaking about her books and about Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table. She also runs a popular Dorothy Parker page on Facebook.

On Dorothy Parker Drank Here:

"This is a wacky tale with hilarious cameo appearances by some of Dorothy Parker's favorite dead celebrities-Robert Benchley, Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx, and Lillian Hellman-and liberally sprinkled with Parker's signature acerbic humor, wisecracks, and put-downs."

Publishers Weekly

"Meister's Dorothy Parker is just as sharp, witty and pleasantly mean as fans would expect. Her humanity shines through, though, along with her humor. Her obvious loneliness, along with the dilemmas Ted and Norah face, make this a surprisingly emotional novel. Not even death can keep Dorothy Parker down in this sad and funny story."

Kirkus Reviews

"Verdict: This sequel to Farewell, Dorothy Parker, is a quick, charming read that will delight Parker fans and stoke the curiosity of those unfamiliar with her great wit."

Library Journal

On Farewell, Dorothy Parker:

"In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, Meister's fourth novel (after The Other Life) resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend."

Library Journal

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York. There are no shocking twists, but pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."

Publishers Weekly

On The Other Life:

"How many wonder what their life would be like if they chose a different path? This is the crux of Ellen Meister’s riveting novel, The Other Life. This inimitable tale is mesmerizing."

New York Journal of Books

So much to talk about with Ellen Meister: the thrill of getting a book optioned, writing fiction with a real person (and what a person) as your main character, book talks about any of her novels, and, oh how groovy, a talk about the Algonquin Round Table.

Ellen lives on Long Island so a Skype visit is the preferred means of conducting a library visit. However, her fee for BCCLS libraries is $250. Please contact her directly at meister.ellen @

Warmest regards,