Two sisters – children’s book author and New York Times editor – hold ‘Conversation’ at Brunswick library

Elisabeth Egan (left) and Kate Egan (right). Left photo courtesy of Elisabeth Egan. Right photo by Sheryl Palese.

From playing as a ‘librarian’ as children to writing novels as adults, being surrounded by books has always been the norm for sisters Kate and Elisabeth Egan.

Now with publishing careers of their own, the sisters will be at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on December 2 to present “Growing up Bookish: A Conversation Between Literary Sisters.” The free event is open to the public and begins at 6:00 PM in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Elisabeth Egan, a native of New Jersey, works as an editor for The New York Times Book Review and writes a weekly and monthly column.

Kate Egan, who has lived in Brunswick for some 20 years, is currently working on her sixth children’s book. She is also a freelance editor and takes on projects such as the best-selling book series ‘Hunger Games’.

“We’ve both been around for a bit,” said Kate Egan, who also served on the board of the Curtis Memorial Library for nine years. “We’ve all written a lot, we’ve all edited a lot and so we have stories to tell.”

The two grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and were both motivated to write by the same high school English teacher and a family that instilled a passion for reading. The presentation will provide some background on developing a career in publishing, Kate Egan said, as well as some insight into what they’re both currently working on.

“The path wasn’t always clear at first, but I just thought that a life of books, words, and writing seemed like the only way for me,” says Elisabeth Egan, who also wrote the 2015 novel “A Window Opens.” ”

As writers, they said, the two often bounce ideas off each other, drawing inspiration from the details of everyday life. An example of this is Kate Egan’s upcoming book “Golden Ticket,” which features a school modeled after Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary in Brunswick.

“I see (reading) as the ultimate connective tissue,” says Elisabeth Egan. “Reading about someone’s experience is the best way for me to understand another experience.”

“A good book is pretty much the ultimate experience of walking in someone else’s shoes,” Kate Egan said. “In terms of a public good, that’s critical to society, to imagine you’re living someone else’s experience.”

According to Joyce Fehl, director of marketing and communications at Curtis Memorial Library, the event will take place next week on the same night as the library’s annual meeting. Fehl said events at the library are slowly starting to resume after a hiatus due to the pandemic.

“A library isn’t a library without the people in it,” Fehl said. “We have some exciting things coming up that we will announce at the annual meeting.”

The library will be temporarily closed in March 2020 around the time COVID-19 first reached the US. A book pick-up service has started on June 1, 2020. About a year later, on May 17, 2021, the library reopened according to normal opening hours, with a limited indoor program and continuous collection service.

As a municipal building, masks remain mandatory at Curtis Memorial.


Use the form below to reset your password. Once you’ve sent your account email address, we’ll send an email with a reset code.

” Previous

Next one ”

Leave a Comment