119 Main St
Nanuet, NY 10954
Join us for literary light and festive refreshments at our annual holiday party and reading.
Our featured guest writer is local novelist Mary Beth Keane, who will read from Fever, her book about the woman known as “Typhoid Mary.” Copies of the novel will be available for purchase and signing.
Mary Beth Keane has taught writing at The University of Virginia, James Madison University, and has been on faculty at Barnard College since 2010. Her debut novel, The Walking People, received Honorable Mention at the 2010 PEN/Hemingway Awards, and in 2011 she was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35.” Her second novel, Fever, was named one of the best books of 2013 by The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR Books, and Library Journal, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and elsewhere.
About the novel: Bringing early-twentieth-century New York alive—the neighborhoods, the bars, the park carved out of upper Manhattan, the boat traffic, the mansions and sweatshops and emerging skyscrapers—Fever is an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the imagination of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon (“Typhoid Mary”) becomes a fiercely compelling, dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable heroine.