May 25, 2019

Old Lyme Library Hosts Sold-out Luncheon Today with NY Times Best-Selling Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library hosts New York Times best-selling author and Old Lyme resident Luanne Rice at a luncheon today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library.  All tickets for this event were sold out within days of its announcement, so Lyme Street residents can expect plenty of activity at the start and end of the luncheon in the area of the library.

The lunch will be catered by Olive Oyl’s and the menu includes:

  • a selection of specialty sandwiches
  • soggy dollar pasta salad
  • kale and arugula salad
  • assorted cookies and Rocky Road Brownies
  • coffee and assorted beverages

Luanne will talk about books, writing, life and inspiration in Old Lyme—everything that makes it so special here. She is the author of 34 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. The author of The Lemon Orchard, Dream Country, The Secret Language of Sisters and others, Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature and the sea. 

In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree and invited her to donate her papers to the college’s Special Collections Library. She has also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award in the Literary Arts category for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist. Christoper Plummer, actor, and Tim Prentice, sculptor, were also celebrated, and Rice was delighted to share the moment with them.

Several of Rice’s novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for a mini-series on Lifetime.  Rice contributed a monologue to Motherhood Out Loud ,a play that premiered at Hartford Stage Company and was performed Off-Broadway and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Rice, an avid environmentalist, is thrilled to be a creative affiliate of The Safina Center.

Copies of the her latest book, Pretend She’s Here, and other select titles will be available for purchase and signing.

Tickets at $30 per person are on sale at this link.  Copies of Pretend She’s Here can be pre-ordered at this link.

For further information, call the library at 860.434.1684 or visit this link.


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