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Christina Baker KlineChristina Baker Kline

A #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her latest novel, A Piece of the World, explores the real-life relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his masterpiece Christina’s World. An instant New York Times bestseller, A Piece of the World was awarded the 2018 New England Prize for Fiction and the Maine Literary Award, among other prizes. Kline’s 2013 novel Orphan Train, about a little-known but significant piece of American history, spent more than two years on the NYT bestseller list. Hundreds of communities, schools, and universities have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection. Both novels have been optioned for film. Kline has written six other novels —Orphan Train, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, Desire Lines, and A Piece of the World.  A resident of New York City and Southwest Harbor, Maine, Kline serves on the NYC Center for Fiction, the Bar Harbor Jesup Library, and the Roots & Wings (NJ) advisory boards and on the gala committees of the Authors Guild and Friends of Acadia. Her new novel, about Australia’s complicated convict history, will be published in 2020.

In addition to her novels, Kline has commissioned and edited two widely praised collections of original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow, and edited a book on grieving, Always Too Soon. She is coeditor, with Anne Burt, of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, Salon,  and Psychology Today, among other places.

Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, NYU, and the University of Virginia, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  She is on the advisory board of Roots & Wings, a foster-care organization in NJ; The Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, ME; the Montclair Literary Festival in Montclair, NJ; the Jesup Library Honorary Campaign Committee in Bar Harbor, Maine; and the Montclair Animal Shelter, and supports a number of libraries and other associations.

More Information about Books For Lunch

Christina Baker Kline will be at Seven Hills on Friday, Feb. 7. To order books, reserve tickets, and for more information on being a sponsor, contact Karen Wilger and Nupur Anand at Visitors to the website can purchase individual tickets, an entire table, or sponsor a teacher/student using a credit card.

Save the Dates

Book Club Discussion of Orphan Train,  Christina Baker Kline’s NY Times Best Selling novel with Seven Hills parents, faculty, and alumnae on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

Register for the Oct. 28 book club discussion

Books For Lunch with Christina Baker Kline will be in conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld at our community-wide Books for Lunch event on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.