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by Jane Smiley

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Contra Costa County Library Presents

Jane Smiley


 Join Us for a Night with Pulitzer Prize winner

Jane Smiley!

 at the Lesher Center for the Arts

1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

on August 8th 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Jane Smiley is a novelist and essayist. Her novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992, and her novel The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton won the 1999 Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1987. Her novel Horse Heaven was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002, and her latest novel, Private Life, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.



Recently published by Jane Smiley


Pie in the Sky
Fourth in the Abby Lovitt series: Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby Lovitt has ever ridden.  But he is proud and irritable, and takes away attention from her beloved horse, True Blue.  And then there's high school --- Abby finds new friends, but also new challenges. She begins to wonder  if there is another way to look at people, horses and life itself.                                            

A mother's comments:

"Just finished reading Pie in the Sky and enjoyed it enormously.  The best yet, in my opinion, of the Abby Lovitt series.  Especially interesting to me was the last part of the book which focused on the Carmichaels' unorthodox way of teaching horses to jump and enjoy it!  If Jane's horse trainer uses the training techniques Jane describes, her horses are 'blessed beasties,' indeed."  NB - Skokie, IL

A middle-schooler writes about the first book in this series:

"I am reading one of your books at this time and it is called The Georges and the Jewels.  The book makes me feel excited and interested all at the same time!!!!!!  I can't wait to see what happens next."   N - Vancouver, B.C.

This from a grandmother on True Blue, third book in this series: "I have just finished reading True Blue, which I found intriguing, relaxing, and delightful. Abby Lovitt is growing into a wonderful young woman whose values are admirable as they evolve towards maturity... Each book in this series seems to be better than the last, perhaps because each new one feels like reuniting with a long-range friendship." VM - Pompton Plains, NJ


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