The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, May 08, 2019 1:00 am

Library visit to feature fiction writer's insights

Best-selling author Paula McLain will speak at the downtown Allen County Public Library on May 15. She is author of “The Paris Wife,” “Love and Ruin,” “Circling the Sun” and “A Ticket to Ride.”

The title of McLain's presentation is “Creating Fiction From Real-Life Characters.” The author's visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library. Immediately following her remarks, McLain will be signing books. Books will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of ACPL.

Born in Fresno, California, in 1965, and abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California court system, moving in and out of foster homes for the next 14 years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurses' aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza deliverer, an auto-plant worker and a cocktail waitress before discovering she could – and very much wanted to – write. She received her master's in fine arts in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996.

“The Paris Wife” tells the story of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley. McLain's most recent novel, “Love and Ruin,” is told from the perspective of another of Hemingway's wives, Martha Gellhorn. Gellhorn was known as one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century.

“The Paris Wife,” a New York Times and international bestseller, has been published in 34 languages. McLain is also the author of two collections of poetry and a memoir, “Like Family, Growing up in Other People's Houses.”  She lives with her family in Cleveland.

To attend

Best-selling author Paula McLain at Allen County Public Library

7 p.m. May 15, Main Library Theater, 900 Library Plaza

For more information, call (260) 421-1200 or visit

For more information on McLain, visit

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