Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: published authors will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. And we’ll also have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles. Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).
This month we have three wonderful authors: Nancy Smith, Linda Hanna Lloyd, and Christy Esmahan.
Nancy Smith is a freelance writer of novels (The Universal Vaccine, The Slow Kill, Tainted Harvest), screenplays, and short stories. She is also a filmmaker, script analyst, and script supervisor. Nancy is the owner of First Look Script Analysis, operating since December 2005, and First Look Publishing operating since 2016. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Linda Hanna Lloyd’s debut novel, The Syrian Peddler, was inspired her grandfather, Sam Hanna’s immigration to America. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania to parents of Syrian and Irish descent, Linda spent three years researching her grandfather’s story, driving through Pennsylvania to visit, Uniontown, Masontown, Brownsville, and the Coal and Coke Heritage Center on the Fayette County, Penn State campus. Then by train to New York City to Ellis Island, where she found the registry of Sam’s steamship and imagined his thoughts as he entered the New York Harbor. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s Degree in Education, Linda was the producer and host of a monthly Maryland Cable Television Health Promotion Series, nine of which won national awards. She is the recipient of two Creative Writing Awards from The Institute of Creative Research. Linda was a health professor at Howard Community College in Columbia Maryland where she received an International Community College Teaching Excellence Award, from The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, The University of Texas at Austin. She retired from the United States Department of Health and Human Services where her work focused on improving the quality of health care and health literacy. Linda resides in Austin, Texas with her husband. In her spare time, Linda continues writing, volunteers for the People’s Community Clinic, is a member of the Writer’s League of Texas, and participates in Chamber Music Workshops.
Christy Esmahan is an award-winning novelist who is passionate about the environment. Her novels are primarily about climate change, the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans and social justice. Esmahan began her career as a scientist, earning her BA in Microbiology at Miami University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Universidad de Leon, Spain. She lived in Houston for sixteen years and moved to Austin about two years ago. When she’s not writing, she works as a professional translator and she loves to go birding with her husband.