EPIC welcomes Claire Gebben to the Edmonds Library on Monday at 11 a.m. as part of the fall speakers series. The event is free, although seating is limited to the first 20 people.
Gebben’s novel, ‘The Last of the Blacksmiths,’ is historical fiction based on Michael Harm, a real-life immigrant blacksmith. The book has been praised by Pulitzer-Prize winning author William Dietrich, who said, “The writing quality is superb, the historical and geographic detail utterly convincing, the characters well-drawn, and the dialogue persuasive….Claire Gebben has extraordinary promise. Her prose is quite brilliant; I fully lived within her world.”
Gebben recently returned from a trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair, an annual international event with over 270,000 book lovers. She will be the featured author during National Library Week 2015 at Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library. She has worked as a newspaper columnist, newsletter editor, and ghostwriter, all while raising a family and pursuing her love of writing. Her column ‘Island Reads and Writes’ appears several times a year in The Mercer Island Reporter.