Thursday, May 7 at 7pm - Erika Robuck, "The House of Hawthorne" AND Sarah McCoy,"The Mapmaker's Children"

Please join us on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm for a special event when we welcome two returning authors to the Bookshop with the newest novels!

Erika Robuck is a contributor to the fiction blog Writer Unboxed, and she maintains her own blog, Muse. She is a member of the Hawthorne Society, the Hemingway Society, the Historical Novel Society, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and three sons. She is the author of Receive Me FallingHemingway's GirlCall Me Zelda and Fallen Beauty. 


Sarah McCoy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband and their dog, Gilbert, in El Paso, Texas. 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
65 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742-2503
The House of Hawthorne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451418913
Availability: Special Order - may be out of print
Published: New American Library - May 5th, 2015

From the bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl comes a brilliant novel about famous writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and talented artist Sophia Peabody, whose marriage was a true union of passion and intellect…


From Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, comes a brilliant new novel about a literary couple. The unlikely marriage between Nathaniel Hawthorne, the celebrated novelist, and Sophia Peabody, the invalid artist, was a true union of passion and intellect.…

Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorne explores the tension within a famous marriage of two soulful, strong-willed people, each devoted to the other but also driven by a powerful need to explore the far reaches of their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature…

The Mapmaker's Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385348904
Availability: Special Order - may be out of print
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 5th, 2015

By New York Times bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a poignant and ultimately uplifting story about the power of community to nurture and strengthen us through the generations.

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading secret mapmakers, taking her cues from slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.