The Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series presents author Elinor Lipman at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at the Art Museum of South Texas.              

Lipman will read from recent work, answer audience questions and sign books, which will be available for purchase at the reading and at Half-Price Books for 20% off prior to the reading.

The New York Times Book Review said Lipman’s most recent novel, On Turpentine Lane, was told with “a raised eyebrow and plenty of cheek” and that it was “constructed with an almost scary mastery.” Reviewers frequently comment on her keen social observations and ability to create lovable and multi-faceted characters. A Boston Globe review of The View from Penthouse B described her novels as “mischievous, sometimes wry, but hopeful of romance and redemption even in an emotionally messy world.” 

Lipman, a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of Simmons College and worked in public relations before enrolling in a creative writing class at age 28. Her first novel, Then She Found Me, was published in 1990 and 18 years later made into a movie starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Ben Shenkman. Among her other novels are My Latest Grievance, I Can’t Complain, The Family Man and The Inn at Lake Devine. 

She lives in New York and notes in her biography that she has exposed her private life in two New York Times “Modern Love” columns, one in 2010 about the death of her beloved husband and one five years later about dating after being widowed. 

Lipman has taught writing at Simmons, Smith and Hampshire colleges and in 2011-2012 held the Elizabeth Drew Chair in Creative Writing at Smith.

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