This event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are requested but not required.
East City Bookshop welcomes authors Solveig Eggerz, Leslie M. Rollins, and Alice Stephens to discuss the challenges and rewards of writing strong female protagonists. The panel will be moderated by Bethanne Patrick, also known as @TheBookMaven.
Solveig Eggerz, a native of Iceland, is a storyteller, writer, and teacher. Her award-winning novel, Seal Woman, is based on a documented event, the migration of German women to Iceland in 1949 to work on Icelandic farms. Her novel, Sigga of Reykjavik, published in 2019, features one woman’s struggle to survive abuse on the farm, grinding poverty in Reykjavik, and the arrival of up to 50,000 Allied occupation forces during World War II. Solveig teaches creative writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and in Northern Virginia jails through the Alexandria-based non-profit Heard that brings art to the underserved. Her essays and stories have appeared in publications such as The Delmarva Review, Palo Alto Review, and The Northern Virginia Review. She grew up in four different countries, speaks three languages, and limps along in Italian. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Catholic University.
Leslie M. Rollins has spent much of her career in the world of direct marketing and graphic design. Her creative writing was done on the side. With the help of various writers groups, she learned to hone her craft, completing two novels and currently working on a third. An avid reader, Rollins has also managed her own business, traveled, and put her big toe on the path to enlightenment via several Buddhist retreats. She has survived marriage and widowhood and the loss of some lovely dogs. She currently lives in northern Virginia with cats.
Alice Stephens’ debut novel, Famous Adopted People, was published in 2018 by Unnamed Press. She is a contributing editor to Bloom, a PitchWars 2019 mentor, and writes book reviews and a column, Alice in Wordland, for the Washington Independent Review of Books.