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Griffin Free Public Library Summer Author Series Announced

Free virtual series to feature wide variety of genres and authors.

The Griffin Free Public Library in Auburn is proud to once again offer a five-week summer author series that will bring some of the most popular and interesting writers from New England and beyond to the library virtually. For five consecutive Thursdays, starting on July 8, the series will feature fiction writers, historians, survival writers and publishers.

            Each program will run from 6:30-8pm and is free and open to the general public.

            “For the fifth year in a row, we’re excited to bring a diverse group of writers and authors to the library and to Auburn,” said library director Kathy Growney. “This continues the library’s tradition of being a magnet for the community. Even virtually, we’ll bring patrons and book lovers together on a regular basis to experience Griffin Free and to enable readers to experience first-hand whichever style of writing they enjoy.”

            Among the events featured will be interviews with Texas historical fiction writer Brendan Greenwood and survival expert Ty Gagne. The series will also feature awarding winning Concord, NH novelists Virginia MacGregor and Margaret Porter, appearing together, Monadnock Underground publisher Christopher DiLorento and local favorite writer and actress Killarney Traynor.   

            All events are free ZOOM events and open to the public. Registration is required and limited to 100.

The first event will be on Thursday, July 8 with Virginia MacGregor and Margaret Porter on a Writing Partnership

In July 2016 Virginia moved to the US with her young family. Shortly afterwards, she met Margaret and they have been dear friends ever since. They now live just a few streets away and so are neighbors too – and Margaret is godmother to Virginia’s third child.

As a widely published novelist, Margaret has been a huge inspiration to Virginia. Margaret was also instrumental in reading through the first drafts of Virginia’s latest novel, set in New Hampshire, The Children’s Secret, to make sure that she got all the subtle Americanisms right! Margaret is a real Anglophile and so understands how the world and how the English language works on both sides of the pond.

Before Covid, Virginia and Margaret would meet to write ever Friday afternoon: they would drink tea, eat biscuits and sit in Virginia’s living room, each getting on with their own projects. Virginia has also been up to write with Margaret at her lovely lake house on Lake Winnipesauke.

Join these two prolific and award winning writers, together, as they look forward to sharing stories about their respective books, their writing life and their most special of literary friendships. We do hope you can join us.

A question and answer period will follow Virginia and Margaret’s presentation.  6:30-8. Free and open to the public. Register HERE for Virginia and Margaret’s presentation.

Margaret Porter is the author of The Limits of Limelight (September 2021), Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr (recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Work of Fiction Award from New Hampshire Writers Project), and twelve other historical novels for U.S. and foreign-language publishers. After studying British history in the U.K., she worked professionally in theatre, film, and television. Margaret lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their dog, dividing her time between an architecturally unique book-filled house in Concord and a secluded waterfront cottage on one of the region’s largest lakes. More information is available at her website,

Virginia Macgregor is the author of What Milo Saw, The Return of Norah Wells, Before I Was Yours, You Found Me and two novels for young adults Wishbones and As Far as the Stars. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Her first novel set in New Hampshire, The Children’s Secret, is coming out in September 2021. Two of her books have been optioned for TV and film. After graduating from Oxford University, she taught English in three British boarding schools.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing. Virginia now lives in Concord, New Hampshire with her husband and their three small children.

Details are forthcoming on the rest of the series that will take place on July 15, July 22, July 29 and August 5th.


This entry was posted on June 10, 2021 by in Books, Events, Virtual Program.


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22 Hooksett Road / PO Box 308
Auburn, NH 03032



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