An Afternoon with New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Chiaverini !
Please join the Free Library of Northampton Township and the Newtown Bookshop as we welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Chiaverini on Saturday, December 9th at 2pm at the Free Library of Northampton Township. Jennifer is a champion for the forgotten women in history. Over the years she’s captivated readers’ minds with the lives of Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley; Mrs. Julia Grant; Elizabeth Van Lew, and many others. This December, Chiaverini sheds light on one of the most important women in science, Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, in her stunning new novel, ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS: A Novel of Ada Lovelace.
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ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS will be available at the event along with a selection of her other titles. If you would like to pre-order the book, please call the Newtown Bookshop at 215-968-2400 or order them below.
ABOUT THE BOOK
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the fascinating life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron’s daughter, the world’s first computer programmer, and a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have been too long unsung.
The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada’s father, who was infamously “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Ada’s mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.
When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage—brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly—will shape her destiny. Intrigued by the prototype of his first calculating machine, the Difference Engine, and enthralled by the plans for his even more advanced Analytical Engine, Ada resolves to help Babbage realize his extraordinary vision, unique in her understanding of how his invention could transform the world. All the while, she passionately studies mathematics—ignoring skeptics who consider it an unusual, even unhealthy pursuit for a woman—falls in love, discovers the shocking secrets behind her parents’ estrangement, and comes to terms with the unquenchable fire of her imagination.
In Enchantress of Numbers, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing—a young woman who stepped out of her father’s shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books.
Her original quilt designs have been featured in Country Woman, Quiltmaker, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volumes 3-5, and Quilt, and her short stories have appeared in Quiltmaker and Quilters Newsletter.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.
About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, “In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years.”
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The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters and Switchboard Soldiers unveils the private lives of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, through the eyes of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend in this compelling historical novel.
The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Switchboard Soldiers returns with a riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence.
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From New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Chiaverini, the first novel to chronicle the singular relationship between Julia Grant, beloved First Lady, and the courageous woman who was her slave and namesake.