Martha Hall Kelly & Heidi Pitlor

True Conversations

September 7, 2021

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for an engaging conversation as Heidi Pitlor, editor of The Best American Short Stories, delves deep into the writing life of Martha Hall Kelly, the New York Times bestselling author of three books: her debut novel, international blockbuster Lilac Girls, and the prequels Lost Roses and Sunflower Sisters. Asking questions not typically asked of female writers, Pitlor will get to the core of what it means to be a fiction author today--this will not be your standard book talk!

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Martha Hall Kelly
Author Website

Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of three books: her debut novel, international blockbuster Lilac Girls, and the prequels Lost Roses and Sunflower Sisters. Never an enthusiastic history student in school, Martha developed a passion for it when she discovered the long-buried story of how Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite and philanthropist who championed the cause of a group of Polish women nicknamed the Rabbits and experimented upon by Nazi doctors at the all-female Ravensbruck Concentration Camp.

Martha is a former copywriter and  lives on a hay farm in Litchfield County Connecticut with her husband Michael, their practically human dog Oliver, two beavers and several muskrats. She has journalism degrees from Syracuse and Northwestern Universities and her books have been published in 49 languages.

Her latest novel Sunflower Sisters, the story of Caroline Ferriday’s great aunt’s fight to become a nurse during the Civil War and the family’s fight against slavery, was described by Kirkus Reviews as having “Historical verisimilitude worthy of a Ken Burns documentary but oh so much more lurid,” and once she looked up the actual definition of lurid, was very happy.

She is currently working on two new books, a Cold War novel set in the 1950s and  a super scary, contemporary thriller set in her own house, which makes it very hard to sleep some nights.

Heidi Pitlor
Author Website

Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The Birthdays, The Daylight Marriage, which was optioned for film, and Impersonation. A former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is also the editorial director of the literary studio, Plympton. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Lit Hub, Ploughshares, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives outside Boston.