Wed 6/8, 7pm – 8pm
Joy Callaway discusses her debut novel, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society is Edith Wharton meets Little Women—a vividly descriptive, captivating debut novel from a bright new talent. Drawing on her own family history, Callaway has written a gripping story following Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters living in genteel poverty in the Bronx in 1891. Ginny’s ambition to become a celebrated novelist, despite the prejudice against women in her time, leads her to join Manhattan’s most elite artistic salon, which she soon learns has secrets to hide.
Joy Callaway’s love of storytelling is a direct result of her parents’ insistence that she read books or write stories instead of watching TV. Her interest in family history was fostered by her relatives’ habit of recounting tales of ancestors’ lives. Joy is a full-time mom and writer. She formerly served as a marketing director for a wealth management company. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Marshall University and an M.M.C. in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, John, and her children, Alevia and John.