Last Saturday a full house of interested readers, undaunted by the weather, attended the first of BookHampton's 2011 Winter Lecture Series. Author Betsy Carter spoke about researching her most recent novel The Puzzle King, and explained how turning truth to fiction seems simple, but is actually pretty tricky.
The Puzzle King began with a family legend too good to be true: that Carter's own uncle invented the game of Monopoly. What she discoered, however, was that while her uncle didn't have anything to do with Monopoly, he did create the cardboard jigsaw puzzle that generations have loved assembling.
She also uncovered her family's place in history; her aunt was able to sponsor dozens of Jews needing to escape Europe in the time leading up to World War II. The publication of The Puzzle King has allowed Carter to meet the grateful descendents of these families and has brought her a deeper knowledge of her own past.
A lively question and answer session followed the presentation, and attendees lingered for a book signing afterward.
The BookHampton Winter Lecture Series continues this week with Juliet Frodella, Director of Senior Options and Solutions at Eastern Suffolk Hospital. The topic is "Safeguarding Our Seniors and Ourselves: Hidden Signs of Depression and Ways to Cope with Age-Related Anxiety."
Join us on Saturday, January 15 at 5:00pm in East Hampton for a fascinating conversation and practical ideas and tips. The BookHampton Winter Lecture Series is free of charge and open to all!