Ann Hood coming to Authors on Main on Sept. 10

Ann Hood coming to Authors on Main on Sept. 10


Ann Hood. | Photo courtesy Catherine Sebastian

WAKEFIELD — Perennial favorite Ann Hood will appear at Authors on Main on Sunday, Sept. 10, to talk about her new memoir, “Morningstar: Growing Up with Books.”

This is Hood’s third appearance at the reading series, which is held at Contemporary Theater, 327 Main St. The talk, which wraps up the 2017 season, is free and public and will begin at 6 p.m.

Since her 1987 debut novel, “Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine,” Hood has enthralled readers with her honest, lyrical examination of women’s lives. Her fiction includes such novels as “The Obituary Writer,” “The Red Thread,” and “An Italian Wife,” the latter of which was adapted for the stage at the Contemporary Theater.

She is also a memoir writer who has shared the most intimate details of her life with readers, including the death of her daughter, Grace, in “Comfort,” and her late father’s battle with cancer in “Do Not Go Gentle.”

In her latest book, Hood examines 10 books that molded her writing life. Growing up in West Warwick, she was the oddball reader in the family, devouring books from school and the library that eventually opened in her hometown.

“I believe that magically the book we are supposed to read somehow appears in our hands at just the right time,” she writes. The title refers to “Marjorie Morningstar” by Herman Wouk, which she says taught her “how to dream.”

The memoir is a companion piece of sorts to Hood’s latest novel, “The Book That Matters Most,” which revolves around a Providence book club.

Copies will be available for signing, courtesy Wakefield Books. Authors on Main is made possible through the support of Contemporary Theater, Randall Realtors of Wakefield and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Rhode Island.

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