An Evening with Paula McLain (PDF)

Circling the Sun by Paula McLainPaula McLain, author of CIRCLING THE SUN, will speak on Monday, October 3, as part of the free author evening series sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library.

Monday, October 3, 2016
7-9 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect Road

The event is free and open to the public -no tickets are required.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  A book signing and sales will follow the program.

CIRCLING THE SUN is the highly anticipated follow-up to Paula’s critically acclaimed and New York Times bestseller, The Paris Wife.  In this evocative and sweeping tale, the author returns to the 1920’s with a cast of characters who are charming, fascinating and irreverent.   The book transports readers to colonial British Kenya and introduces us to Beryl Markham, a heroine both brave and self-reliant.  Beryl was light years ahead of her time, and her story is as astonishing as the harsh and exciting country that shaped her. 

Born in England, raised in Kenya, abandoned by her mother, Beryl had scandalous affairs, but she is most remembered for being a pioneering aviatrix.  She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to make it from London to New York nonstop. She married at sixteen, and at eighteen becomes the first female to earn her license as a professional racehorse trainer.

Drawing inspiration from Markham’s book  West with the Night, and McLain’s personal story,  Paula dramatically tells of Beryl’s struggles to make her own way in the rugged British territory, her accomplishments, and her love triangle with the charming adventurer Denys Finch Hatton and writer Karen Blixen, who penned Out of Africa as Isak Dinesen.

“Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason.  Fans of The Paris Wife will be captivated by Circling the Sun .  The book is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing.” –Ann Patchett

“As chronicled in Paula McLain’s richly textured new novel, Circling the Sun, Beryl Markham’s life is the stuff of legend.  McLain has created a voice that is lush and intricate to evoke a character who is enviably brave and independent.”  -

Paula McLain credit Nina SubinPaula McLain was born in Fresno, California. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurses aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker, a cocktail waitress–before discovering she could (and very much wanted to) write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996. She is the author of the novels The Paris Wife and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry.  She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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This program is part of a series of free author programs presented by and sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and supported by KUNC Radio and the Hilton Fort Collins. Book sales are by Old Firehouse Books.