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Ridgefield Library & Books on the Common present: Ridgefield in Love ~ An Evening of Romance

Ridgefield Library & Books on the Common present: Ridgefield in Love: An Evening of Romance with New York Times Best-selling Authors Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Sarah MacLean on Sunday, April 15, 5 PM at Ridgefield Library (Dayton Room).

*"Romantic" refreshments will be served! Please register as space is limited.

Julia Quinn, whose real name is Julie Pottinger (born Julie Cotler) actually grew up in Ridgefield and spent lots of time at the Ridgefield Library when she was young - so this will be a homecoming for her.  Julia began writing romance novels in her senior year at Harvard. Her first two books were published just as she was about to enter Yale School of Medicine.  She left medical school after she realized medicine was not her calling.  Thankfully for her many readers she continued to write.  She has been profiled in Time Magazine (a rarity among romance writers). In 2008 she achieved every writer's dream, and hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list with Mr. Cavendish, I Presume.

Julia Quinn won her third RITA award in 2010 and was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest and she her latest novel is called Just Like Heaven.

After Eloisa James graduated from Harvard, she earned a master's degree from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Yale, eventually becoming an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing Program at Fordham University in New York City.

Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed piece defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report. Her latest book Paris in Love is a memoir about a year she and her family spent in Paris.

Sarah MacLean attended Smith College, moved to New York and worked in publishing before getting a graduate degree in education from Harvard. Her  first book, a young adult novel called The Season, received numerous awards, and was named to the 2010 Lone Star Reading List of the Texas Library Association.

MacLean then wrote her first adult romance novel, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake.  The book debuted on the USA Today Bestseller List and the New York Times Bestseller List, where it stayed for four weeks, and was the first recipient of the Romantic Times Magazine Seal of Excellence. Her latest novel is titled A Rogue by Any Other Name.  MacLean and her husband live in Brooklyn, New York.

Books will be available for sale and signing thanks to Books on the Common.

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