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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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January 2013

Richard Polton

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   Sean Pidgeon


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

What serendipity!  I’ve been out sick for a week, today is my first day back, and it’s January 7!  The day our Mr. January’s first novel debuts!

Our Invite an Author for January comes with high praise from Executive Editor and Vice-President at W. W. Norton, Alane Salierno Mason, who is “utterly besotted” with his book calling it “a beautifully wrought literary entertainment.”

It is my pleasure to introduce first-time novelist Sean Pidgeon as BCCLS Invite an Author for January 2013.

Sean Pidgeon was born and raised in southern England. He has worked in the UK and the US as an editor and publisher of scholarly books and journals, and is currently a reference publisher at John Wiley & Sons. Sean lives in South Orange, NJ with his wife and two sons. His first novel, Finding Camlann, is published in the United States by W. W. Norton on January 7.

A dramatic find at Stonehenge and another, quieter discovery in the Bodleian Library set in motion a riveting scholarly detective story and a romance, unfolding across a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside.

Archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that King Arthur ever existed. And yet medieval tales of this legendary warrior must have found their inspiration somewhere, and Donald is determined to discover their true source. A chance encounter with the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a gifted linguist working at the Oxford English Dictionary, sets them both on the trail of elusive clues embedded in an old Welsh battle poem. Their quest will intersect in unforeseen ways with their own troubled lives and will lead them at last to a deeper understanding of the origins of Arthur.

Finding Camlann  is a literary mystery, a romance, and an exploration of the origins of Celtic mythology.

"VERDICT An intriguing book for those looking for a relationship-driven literary mystery in the style of A.S. Byatt's Possession."

Library Journal

"Finding Camlann is a lovely book, simultaneously an emotional and a historical journey. It finds new things to say about the legend of King Arthur, and says them in a touching and compelling contemporary tale of love."

Iain Pears, author of "An Instance of the Fingerpost" and "The Dream of Scipio"

"Finding Camlann delivers a wallop of pleasure to both the head and the heart. It is suffused with an irresistible sense of mystery, its many paths, whether to the unknowable past or to the inner truth of those we love, disappearing into swirling fog."

Rebecca Goldstein, author of "Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction"

For anyone intrigued by the Arthurian legend (as I have been since reading Idylls of the King in sophomore year of high school), Mr. Pidgeon will bring a profound wealth of knowledge to your library for a book discussion.  I hope you will contact him at if you’re interested.

Warmest wishes for a very Happy 2103 full of great books and great reading,