Two award-winning debut novelists, Madeline Miller and Karen Engelmann, will team up to present their works of historical fiction on Thursday, November 1at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series.
Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, a thrilling and unique retelling of the Iliad and the legend of Achilles: a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart. It is the winner of the 2012 Orange Prize, one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary prizes, joining among others, Ann Patchett, Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, Tea Obrecht.
Miller has two degrees from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years. She also has a degree from Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.
Karen Engelmann's dazzling debut, The Stockholm Octavo, is set during Stockholm's opulent Golden Age and brilliantly interweaves history, romance and intrigue, in which one man's fortune holds the key to a nation's precarious fate.
Engelmann spent nine years in Malmö, Sweden working for companies like IKEA where the idea of this book grew to life. She is the 2011 winner of the American Scandinavian Society Cultural Award Grant.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support or the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. Free and open to all, but seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.