Elizabeth Cunningham Book Signing for "Murder at the Rummage Sale": Oct 16
Maeve Rhuad introduces Elizabeth Cunningham’s debut mystery novel: Murder at the Rummage Sale
Maeve, the Celtic Magdalen, and novelist Elizabeth Cunningham’s BIFF (best imaginary friend forever), will preside as Mistress of Ceremonies for Murder at the Rummage Sale, introducing and interviewing the new novel’s characters (as well as dishing about their real life counterparts in the author’s early life). The author, on Maeve’s cue, will offer brief dramatic readings.
Following a short break, Maeve and Elizabeth will be pleased speak about Maeve’s adventures as Celtic Magdalen and the author’s adventures pursing historic and onsite research on Mary Magdalen.
Elizabeth Cunningham is the descendant of nine generations of Episcopal priests. She grew up hearing rich (sometimes terrifying) liturgical and biblical language. When she was not in church or school, she read fairytales and fantasy novels or wandered in the enchanted wood of an overgrown, abandoned estate next door to the rectory. Her religious background, the magic of fairytales, and the numinous experience of nature continue to inform her work.
Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen. She also recorded MaevenSong, a CD of original music from The Maeve Chronicles. The Book of Madge, a graphic novel, and the source of The Maeve Chronicles, is forthcoming from Imagination Fury Arts.
Her earlier novels include The Wild Mother, How to Spin Gold, and The Return of the Goddess, A Divine Comedy. She is the author of three collections of poems Small Bird, Wild Mercy, and So Ecstasy Can Find You.
Murder at the Rummage Sale is her debut mystery novel. She is at work on a sequel.
An ordained interfaith minister, Cunningham is in private practice as a counselor. She is the mother of grown children and lives with her husband in New York State’s Hudson Valley.
Questions and discussion welcome!
Advance Praise for Murder at the Rummage Sale.
Murder at the Rummage Sale delivers all the pleasures of a good village murder mystery...well told, thoughtfully written, cleverly and propulsively plotted.---Robert Wexelblatt, author of Zublinka Among Women & Heiberg's Twitch
Think: "Mad Men" Meets Church. Murder at the Rummage Sale is a whodunit in the grand tradition of rollicking mysteries with memorable characters who keep readers turning pages.--Meredith Gould, author of Desperately Seeking Spirituality: A Field Guide to Practice
Cunningham("Maeve Chronicles") has written a paean to the vanished world of the 1950s and early 1960s. –Library Journal
Cunningham (the Maeve Chronicles) deftly weaves in aspects of postwar life, theological stances including Anglo-Catholic mystic and Social Gospel breast-beater, and lush descriptions of food and nature. –Publishers Weekly