December 07, 2019

Main Library, Community Room

Dec 7

Sat 2:00 am

Boston Bestsellers: Hank Phillipi Ryan and Jane Healey, *Westwood Weekend Stroll*

Emmy award winning and Edgar award winning investigative reporter and mystery writer, Hank Phillippi Ryan (The Murder List, Trust Me) will be in conversation with Jane Healey, author two historical fiction novels: The Saturday Evening Girls Club and The Beantown Girls. Though they write different genres, Ryan and Healey have made Boston both their home and the settings of their novels. 

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV. She's won 36 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The nationally bestselling author of 11 mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, three Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her 'a master of suspense' and 'a superb and gifted storyteller' and she is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her novels have been named Library Journal's Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Suspense Magazine's reviewer calls her 2018 book Trust ME 'By far one of the best thrillers I've read in years.' The Booklist starred review says 'a knockout!' and New York Post, BOOK BUB, PopSugar, Real Simple Magazine, CrimeReads and Criminal Element named Trust Me one of the Best Thrillers of 2018.

Her newest psychological thriller, The Murder List, was a Most Anticipated Book from CrimeReads, and blockbuster author A. J. Finn (The Woman in the Window) calls it 'a fireworks display of a novel--exciting, explosive and relentless.

Jane Healey left a career in high tech to become a freelance writer. Her passion for historical fiction became her new career when her debut novel, The Saturday Evening Girls Club, was published in 2017. Based on the true story of a group of Jewish and Italian immigrant women in Boston's North End at the turn of the twentieth century, the Amazon bestseller was hailed by Redbook as "a breathtaking ode to female empowerment and the American dream."

With the release of The Beantown Girls, she continues to fulfill her dream of writing about lesser-known stories of women in American history. She shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and when she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, cooking, and going to the beach.

Books by both authors will be available for purchase and signing, provided by Haley Booksellers. *Holiday tip*: autographed books are wonderful gifts to give (and receive)! 

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library, and is free and open to all. Westwood Public Library is proud to be part of the Westwood Weekend Stroll. 

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