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June 2013

Christina Baker Kline

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   Christina Baker Kline


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Yet another author from BCCLSLand – this time Montclair!  And wow am I thrilled!

Our Ms. June has had nothing but accolades for her newest novel (all well-deserved) and the book has made it to more than a few best-seller lists.  She is a wonderful writer, a faithful supporter of BCCLS libraries, and just plain nice.

And...she will be a keynote speaker at BooksNJ2013!

I am so delighted to present Christina Baker Kline as BCCLS Invite an Author for June 2013.

Christina Baker Kline’s newest novel, Orphan Train, explores a little-known period in American history when more than 200,000 children were sent on trains from the East Coast to the Midwest. People magazine says, "Four stars. Kline achieves an ambitious goal: transforming a largely unknown, controversial moment in American history into compelling fiction." Kline’s previous novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water.

Born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine, Kline lives with husband and three sons in Montclair, New Jersey. She is at work on another novel and an anthology.

Visit her website at:

She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, New York City's unofficial sixth borough, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their teenage son Max.

On ‘Orphan Train

"Kline's latest novel (after Bird in Hand) weaves contemporary and historical fiction into a compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage… VERDICT With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history and draws comparisons with the modern-day foster care system."

Library Journal

"Kline's absorbing new novel (after Bird in the Hand) is a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home… Kline lets us live the characters' experiences vividly through their skin, and even the use of present tense, which could distract, feels suited to this tale. The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the two is the foundation for a moving tale."

Publishers Weekly

"A long journey from home and the struggle to find it again form the heart of the intertwined stories that make up this moving novel… Kline illuminates a largely hidden chapter of American history, while portraying the coming-of-age of two resilient young women."


I’ve got copies of Orphan Train for the asking…If you haven’t purchased it, please email me and add it to your collection.  There are, as of this writing, 59 copies in the system with only two available.  This book belongs in our libraries so please ask me for a copies (while supplies last.)

If you don’t book this woman for a visit to your library, well, I just don’t know.   Her fee is $200.  Email her at  I don’t say it often but when I do, I’m very serious…Book Christina Baker Kline before she is too big and too busy to make library visits.  Although, in the interests of truth in advertising, she tells me that this will never happen.

Warmest regards,