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New York Times bestselling novelist and host of the podcast Inside the Writer’s Studio, Charlie Lovett will join us virtually to present two of his new books: The Enigma Affair, a thriller about a small town librarian and a professional assassin who team up to solve a 75-year-old Nazi mystery and Lewis Carroll: Formed by Faith, a new biography of the author of Alice in Wonderland. He will be joined by award-winning writer Kate Forsyth
The Enigma Affair
When small-town librarian Patton Harcourt comes under fire one morning while making profiteroles, she has no choice but to trust the mysterious assassin, Nemo, who shows up in her kitchen. Fleeing a pair of German thugs, the two form an unlikely alliance as they try to decipher a seventy-five-year-old message encoded by Nazis on an Enigma machine. Traveling to Bletchley Park in England, they enlist the aid of Patton's old flame, Ruthie Drinkwater, an expert on Enigma. The trio soon finds themselves on the run, pursued by both the police and Ingrid Weiss, a white supremacist trying to unlock the secret of Heinrich Himmler's research into alchemy. If Patton, Nemo, and their cohorts can survive a host of dangers--from trained killers to explosions to imprisonment--they might be able to prevent Weiss from acquiring untold wealth to promote her racist agenda.
In this fast-paced thriller with a thoroughly researched World War II background, a mismatched cadre of heroes, including an art historian, a museum docent, and a collector of Nazi artifacts, must work together to stop a ruthless and resourceful opponent. Racing across Europe, attempting to outfox Weiss and her associates at every turn, Patton and her team mount a complex operation. But can they withstand double crosses and dark secrets from Patton's military past to defeat Ingrid Weiss and discover the secret of Projekt Alchemie?
Lewis Carroll: Formed by Faith
For Lewis Carroll, a deacon in the Church of England, faith in Christ and belief in a loving God stood at the core of his being, but little has been written about what the church or faith meant to the celebrated author of the Alice books. With Lewis Carroll Formed by Faith, Charlie Lovett provides the first in-depth study of the religious life of the famous author whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
By examining Dodgson’s religious education and core beliefs, this book shows how a deep Christian faith undergirded and guided every part of his life and work, from his relationships with children to his renowned writings, his work on logic, even his hobbies of photography and theatre going. The book includes a detailed account of the career of Dodgson’s father—an important figure in the Anglican church and a key influence on his son.
Family records give insight into Charles’s early education, and newly discovered manuscript materials paint a full picture of his religious education at Richmond and Rugby Schools. Lovett finds previously unknown influences in Dodgson’s life, analyzes his habits of preaching and prayer, explores his training for confirmation and ordination, analyzes his reasons for eschewing the priesthood, and concludes with an account of his death and funeral and his logically constructed theology of the afterlife. The book makes use of previously untapped sources and highlights new material, including a previously unknown sermon by Dodgson, the first ever discovered. The result is a major contribution offering new perspectives on this creator of fantastical fiction and the spiritual bedrock that informed his life and imagination.
Charlie Lovett is a New York Times bestselling novelist and playwright whose plays for children have been seen in over 5000 productions worldwide. He hosts the podcast Inside the Writer’s Studio. He is a collector of Lewis Carroll materials (including Carroll’s 1888 typewriter) and has written many works on Carroll.
Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven and has since sold more than a million copies around the world. Her books include Bitter Greens, a retelling of Rapunzel which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm Brothers’s famous fairy tales, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013; and The Beast’s Garden, a retelling of “The Singing, Springing Lark” set in the underground resistance to Hitler in Nazi Germany. Recently voted one of Australia’s Favorite 15 Novelists, Kate Forsyth has been called “one of the finest writers of this generation.” She has a BA in literature, an MA in creative writing, and a doctorate in fairy-tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers.
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