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“An unforgettable story of female strength, hope and friendship. This collaborative work is magnificent—a true revelation!” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

“A brilliant story brimming with unexpected friendships and family ties. Historically sound and beautifully stitched, The Thread Collectors will stay with you long after the last page is turned.” —Sadeqa Johnson, international bestselling author of Yellow Wife  

Bookfest Presents Shaunna J. Edwards & Alyson Richman, The Thread Collectors

Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 7 PM |  Congregation Shearith Israel
In partnership with Congregation Shearith Israel Sisterhood
Pricing: $10 Advance Tickets, $15 at the door

Inspired by the authors’ own fam­i­ly his­to­ries, The Thread Col­lec­tors is a rich his­tor­i­cal nov­el set dur­ing the Civ­il War about two women — one Black and yearn­ing for free­dom in New Orleans, the oth­er a Jew­ish abo­li­tion­ist in New York — whose resource­ful sewing to sup­port their com­mu­ni­ties leads them on unex­pect­ed, dan­ger­ous jour­neys as they fight to bring their beloveds home from the front. As the two women risk every­thing for love and free­dom dur­ing a bru­tal Civ­il War, their paths con­verge in New Orleans, where an unex­pect­ed encounter leads them to dis­cov­er that even the most del­i­cate threads have the capac­i­ty to save us. Truth in fic­tion: Alyson’s great-great-great uncle, a Ger­man Jew, was a musi­cian in the Union army, where­as his broth­er fought for the oth­er side, allow­ing the nov­el in part to explore what hap­pens when fam­i­ly mem­bers hold oppos­ing views on some­thing as hor­rif­ic as slav­ery, espe­cial­ly when that fam­i­ly is a minor­i­ty in a new coun­try. The char­ac­ter of Stel­la is par­tial­ly inspired by Shaunna’s great-great-great Aunt Janie, a woman of Black and White parent­age who man­aged to become a finan­cial­ly inde­pen­dent landown­er while her rel­a­tives strug­gled to find eco­nom­ic sta­bil­i­ty. Shaunna’s fam­i­ly came to own a sug­ar­cane farm carved out of a plan­ta­tion that she and her sib­lings still own to this day.

About Alyson Richman:
Alyson Richman is the USA Today bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of several historical novels including The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, and The Lost Wife, which is currently in development for a major motion picture. Alyson graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in art history and Japanese studies. She herself is an accomplished painter and her novels combine her deep love of art, historical research, and travel. Alyson’s novels have been published in twenty-five languages and have reached the bestseller lists both in the United States and abroad. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on her next novel.
About Shaunna J. Edwards:
Shaunna J. Edwards has a BA in literature from Harvard College and a JD from NYU School of Law. A former corporate lawyer, she now works in diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a native Louisianian, raised in New Orleans, and currently lives in Harlem with her husband. The Thread Collectors is her first novel.