WCA hosts successful author’s tea with proceeds benefiting local orgs

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The Woman’s Club of Arlington hosted its 10th annual Author Event Sunday, March 27, 2022, and it generated proceeds that will be donated to local charities, given as academic scholarships and gifted to Hudson CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

The event featured Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling writer of historical fiction and the author of six historical fiction novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including her newest publication The Magnolia Palace. Davis’s novels have been chosen as “One Book, One Community” reads and her articles have appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal and O the Oprah magazine. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she is based in New York City.

Davis discussed her own history and how she develops her novels. Both of her parents were English and she traveled throughout England and Scotland touring castles as a child. This initiated a love of historic buildings. She first came to NY as an actress but fell in love with writing after getting a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School. Her approach, once intrigued by a historic NYC building, is to research its history and ask for a behind the scenes tour. Her novels all include two timelines: one in the past and one in the more recent present. They all include a mystery and several plot twists. The primary characters are always woman. She indicated she likes “cranky women.”

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