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An Intimate Evening Salon with Elizabeth Birkelund and Helen Simonson

Tuesday, 6:30 pm EDT June 4, 2024

The Center for Fiction Members Lounge

Join us for a special evening with two remarkable authors, Elizabeth Birkelund and Helen Simonson, to discuss their sensational new novels. Birkelund (The Dressmaker) transports you to the French countryside in her new novel A Light in Northern Provence. The book follows Ilse Lund, a translator from Greenland who travels to France to translate the works of poet Geoffrey Labaye. Charmed by Provençal life and Labaye’s son Frey, Ilse must choose between the security of her Greenlandic home and the life of her dreams.

Simonson, the New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, has crafted a romantic work of feminist historical fiction in her new book The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club. The novel follows Constance Haverhill, a woman who is forced to give up her job and her home after the men return from the First World War. She meets Poppy Wirrall, a spunky young woman who runs a ladies’ motorcycle club, and her handsome brother Harris. As Constance finds camaraderie in the club, she must wrestle with the loss of the freedom she had during the war.

Birkelund and Simonson’s new works both brim with romantic and escapist charm. Enjoy an intimate discussion of the two novels in our elegant Members Lounge—the perfect setting to engage with the authors about their immersive stories of self-discovery. Space for this event will be limited and the price of admission includes a copy of A Light in the Northern Provence or The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club. Guests will have an opportunity to mingle with each other at a special wine bar before the event. Readings will begin at 7pm ET.

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In Conversation

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    Elizabeth Birkelund

    Elizabeth Birkelund

    Elizabeth Birkelund is the author of The Runaway Wife and The Dressmaker. Her novel, A Northern Light in Provence, will be published in May 2024. Prior to writing novels, Elizabeth was the personal finance columnist for Cosmopolitan magazine and a full-time freelance writer for national magazines including Glamour, Self, Victoria, Working Woman, and Institutional Investor. She has served on the boards of the National Humanities Center and The Center for Fiction. She received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in New York City.

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    Helen Simonson

    Helen Simonson

    Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she lives in the United States and is a dual citizen and proud New Yorker. Married, with two sons, she is the New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Summer Before the War.