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‘Obituary Writer’ author to speak in Wakefield


WAKEFIELD – Acclaimed novelist Ann Hood will appear on Sunday, Oct. 20, as part of the Authors on Main series at Contemporary Theater, where she will speak about her new novel, “The Obituary Writer.”

The story weaves the tales of Vivien Lowe, a woman who loses her lover in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and Claire Fontaine, a 1960s housewife whose marriage begins to unravel after a brief affair. Facing the challenges of their times, the women find their own ways to deal with grief and loss – Vivien by becoming an obituary writer, Claire by staying with her husband despite a pregnancy of uncertain origin.

Hood, who lives in Providence, is the author of 10 novels, including “The Red Thread” and “The Knitting Circle,” as well as two memoirs, “Comfort” and “Do Not Go Gentle.” She has received the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction and two Pushcart Prizes.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free. The theater is located at 327 Main St., Wakefield, behind Phil’s Grille, with plenty of offstreet parking available.

Hood’s appearance is sponsored by the South County Writer’s Group. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Wakefield Books.

Authors on Main was founded as Authors Circle in 2010 at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, where it hosted such luminaries as John Casey, Don Winslow and Stewart O’Nan. The program is the work of a volunteer committee made up of Marc Archambault and Betty J. Cotter, of Wakefield, and Camilla Lee of Narragansett.

Ann Hood is the final author this season.



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