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New York Times Bestselling Author
Jennifer Chiaverini

Author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and the Upcoming Novel Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 pm

On Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 pm, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini visits the Library as part of her national book tour for Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule. The Weyenberg Library will be one of only two appearances in Wisconsin on this tour.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general’s wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake—until she forged a proud identity of her own. Jennifer's previous bestseller Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker is based off the incredible true story of Lizzie Keckley, a slave who bought freedom for herself and her son and would have a front-row view of history as the dressmaker for President Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd. BookPage says Chiaverini "has once again written an intense and beautiful book—so much so that readers will almost hear the hollow echo of the fife and drum as they immerse themselves in every compelling page...truly unforgettable.”

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, Jennifer is also a former writing instructor at Penn State and Edgewood College. She lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to Jennifer’s bestselling historical fiction novels and the seventeen volumes of the Elm Creek Quilts series, she is the author of four volumes of quilt patterns inspired by her novels, as well as the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. Jennifer's books will be available for purchase on site through Boswell Books & Company for the author signing portion of the evening.

Regular library services will be suspended at 6:00 on Thursday, March 12 for this special event.  No registration is required for this free program, and all are welcome to attend.  For more information, please contact the Frank L. Weyenberg Library at 262-242-2593, the Library’s Facebook page or by email at .  The Library is located at 11345 N Cedarburg Road in Mequon.


Civil War Traveling Exhibits
Now on Display!

The Library is pleased to display two collections from local museums that represent topics covered in Jennifer Chiaverini's novels. First is a traveling exhibit from the Civil War Museum in Kenosha called Bonnets, Bodices and Weeds. The traveling exhibit of photographs presents a timeline of American middle-and upper- class fashions from the years 1860 through 1880. The photographs, clothing and accessories featured in this exhibit show what women from these classes wore to both formal and everyday occasions. Bonnets, Bodices and Weeds will be on display for the months of January and February in the Gallery on the Library's second floor.

In addition, the Library is displaying antique quilts from the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg. The five antique quilts range from 1880 through 1945 and showcase the techniques used in Crazy Quilt, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Lone Star, Jacob’s Ladder and Churn Dash patterns. The quilts of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts will be on display from January through mid-March.


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