Two sisters – author of children’s books and editor of the New York Times – to have a ‘conversation’ at the Brunswick Library
Whether playing pretend ‘librarian’ as a child or writing novels as an adult, being surrounded by books has always been the norm for sisters Kate and Elisabeth Egan.
Now that they have their own publishing careers, the sisters will be at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on December 2 to present âGrowing up Bookish: A Conversation Between Literary Sistersâ. The free event is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room.
Elisabeth Egan, a resident of New Jersey, works as an editor for the New York Times Book Review, writing a weekly and monthly column.
Kate Egan, who has lived in Brunswick for about 20 years, is currently working on her sixth children’s book. She is also a freelance writer, supporting projects such as the bestselling âHunger Gamesâ book series.
âWe both walked around the block a bit,â said Kate Egan, who also served for nine years on the board of directors of the Curtis Memorial Library. “We each wrote a lot, we each did a lot of editing, so we have stories to tell.”
The two grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and were both motivated to pursue writing by the same high school English teacher as well as a family who instilled in them a passion for reading. The presentation will include information on developing a career in publishing, said Kate Egan, as well as an overview of what the two are currently working on.
âThe path was not always clear at first, but I just thought that a lifetime of books, words and writing seemed like the only way forward for me,â said Elisabeth Egan, who is also the author of the 2015 novel âA window opens. “
As writers, they said, the two frequently exchange ideas, drawing inspiration from the details of everyday life. One example includes Kate Egan’s upcoming book âGolden Ticket,â which features a Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary-style school in Brunswick.
âI regard (reading) as the ultimate connective tissue,â said Elisabeth Egan. âFor me, reading someone’s experience is the best way to understand a different experience.
âA good book is sort of the ultimate experience to walk in someone else’s shoes,â said Kate Egan. âIn terms of the public good, it’s critically important to society to imagine yourself experiencing someone else’s experience. “
According to Joyce Fehl, director of marketing and communications at the Curtis Memorial Library, next week’s event will be held on the same evening as the library’s annual meeting. Fehl said events were slowly starting to pick up at the library after a hiatus due to the pandemic.
âA library is not a library without the people in it,â Fehl said. “We have some exciting things to come that we will be announcing at the annual meeting.”
The library temporarily closed in March 2020 around the time COVID-19 first reached the United States. Meanwhile, Fehl said, remote and digital offerings have grown, such as movies, e-books, and zoom book clubs. On June 1, 2020, a curbside book collection service began. About a year later, on May 17, 2021, the library reopened during regular hours, with a limited indoor program and continuous curbside pickup.
As a municipal building, masks continue to be mandatory at the Curtis Memorial.
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