Thursday, September 7, 2017

Amy Stewart Literary Salon September 13

Join Mystery Readers NorCal for an evening Literary Salon with multi-talented author Amy Stewart.

Where: Berkeley, CA. Please leave a comment or send email to janet @
Space is extremely limited. You must RSVP.
When: Wednesday, September 13, 7 p.m.
Potluck sweets or savories

Amy Stewart is the New York Times best-selling author of nine books, including the acclaimed Kopp Sisters novels, which are based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs and her two rambunctious sisters. Her popular nonfiction titles include The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.

Many people vaguely remember hearing Amy on NPR’s Morning Edition or Fresh Air, or maybe they read about her in a wide range of publications, from the New York Times to Earthworm Digest. Her checkered television career includes CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, the PBS documentary The Botany of Desire, and–believe it or not– TLC’s Cake Boss. (The cake was delicious.)

Amy’s books have been translated into sixteen languages, one of which she can actually read. Her 2009 book Wicked Plants has been adapted into a national traveling exhibit that terrifies children at science museums nationwide.

She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society’s Book Award, and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Award. In 2012, she was invited to be the first Tin House Writer-in-Residence, a partnership with Portland State University, where she corrupted young minds in the MFA program.

Her latest entry into the Kopp Sisters books is Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions. Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. But such were the laws—and morals—of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it’s her sister Fleurette who puts Constance’s beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn’t behave.

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