Award-winning author Shauna Singh Baldwin will be the featured speaker at the Spring Literary Luncheon, hosted by Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Baldwin will discuss her latest novel, The Selector of Souls, and visit with guests as she signs books. Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio, will introduce Baldwin at the luncheon.
Baldwin's writing explores universal themes through elegantly realized characters. The Selector of Souls, set in India in the 1990s, draws on a mélange of cultures and religions. It chronicles the histories of scores of characters, reaching back to the conflicts of the 1947 Partition and post-colonial era and forward to the precarious lives of girls and women in modern-day India. Last year the novel received the Anne Powers Fiction Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.
Baldwin's second novel, The Tiger Claw, was a finalist for the prestigious Giller Prize of Canada. Set in Occupied Paris during the Second World War, it is inspired by the true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Sufi Muslim who worked as a secret agent for the Allies. It has been optioned for film.
Literary luncheon guests will receive their choice of The Selector of Souls or The Tiger Claw, provided by Boswell Book Company. Boswell will bring additional titles for purchase. The gala event will be held on Thursday, May 8, at the beautiful Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Avenue. Book sales and signing will be from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. The lunch and program will be from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM.
For reservations to the Spring Literary Luncheon, please see the enclosed invitation in a copy of the April Milwaukee Reader, email email@example.com, or call (414) 286-8720. The deadline for reservation is May 2nd.
Contributed by Marsha Huff, President, Friends Board of Directors