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Mark Your Calendar for the Next Open Book Event:

Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series, in conversation with Barbara Abercrombie, at the historic Pasadena American Legion

Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM


Jacqueline Winspear’s bestselling mystery series, Maisie Dobbs, has earned her legions of fans and numerous awards. In The American Agent, Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade) investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz. It’s a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

Start your evening at a pre-event, hosted happy hour.  Then take in a lively discussion with Jacqueline Winspear.  Afterwards, join the author for a book signing and dessert reception.

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Pasadena American Legion Post 13

Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series.   Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England and currently lives in California.

What a night! Our second event of the season sparkled:

Leif Enger and John Horn captivated an enthusiastic audience at the charming Sierra Madre Playhouse.

Leif Enger is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of three novels: Peace Like a River, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, and Virgil Wander. Enger spent nearly twenty years of his career working as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before becoming a full-time fiction writer.  Enger was raised in Minnesota, where he currently lives with his wife, Robin.

John Horn is the popular host of The Frame, KPCC’s weekday arts and entertainment broadcast.

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Our Season 2 Inaugural Event was a hit:

Les Klinger Enthralled a Full House at the Magnificent Mountain View Mausoleum

Leslie S. Klinger is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein and 19th-century genre fiction.  His work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar® for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes:  The Complete Short Stories and the Anthony for Best Anthology in 2015 for In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (co-edited with Laurie R. King).

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What is the Open Book Series?

Building on the successful Pasadena Festival of Woman Authors event which has been presented annually since 2009, the vision for the new series is to provide opportunities for the community to enjoy authors of all kinds – both established and emerging, national and local, men and women, writers of fiction and non-fiction – in settings that complement the author’s work or background and allow for engagement with the attendees.