Thursday 2/21, 7 p.m.
At forty-nine, after two transplants to beat end stage renal disease, Elaine Neil Orr published her memoir, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life. Since then, she has published two novels, A Different Sun and Swimming Between Worlds. Elaine's presentations are a weave of life stories lived on two continents, threaded with the hope of new beginnings. After a lifetime in the advertising business, Marilyn Simon Rothstein published her debut novel, Lift And Separate, when she was sixty-two years old. Since then, she has released Husbands And Other Sharp Objects. Marilyn provides comic relief in her heart-warming novels and presentations.
Join us at Flyleaf, as these two accomplished writers discuss what it means to realize your dreams in the second half of life, when so many great things are just beginning.
Elaine Neil Orr is professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she teaches world literature and creative writing. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville. Author of A Different Sun, two scholarly books, and the memoir Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life, she has been a featured speaker and writer-in-residence at numerous universities and conferences and is a frequent fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She grew up in Nigeria.
Marilyn Simon Rothstein is the author of Lift and Separate, winner of the Star Award presented by the Women's Fiction Writers Association for Outstanding Debut. Husbands and Other Sharp Objects is her second novel. Marilyn grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, married a man she met in an elevator, and owned an advertising agency for more than twenty-five years. Marilyn received an MA in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and an MA in Judaic studies from the University of Connecticut. She enjoys speaking at book festivals and community events.