September 3 | 6pm | Free
Pitkin County Library Aspen resident and local author Linda Lafferty unveils her latest work, The Drowning Guard, a historical novel set in 19th century Istanbul. The book tells the tale of princess Esma Sultan—one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history—and her murderous crimes and improbable romance. Linda will give a public reading and discuss the research behind her novel, which is available in print on September 3rd. Books will be for sale at the event from Explore Booksellers.
The daughter of a naval commander, Linda Lafferty attended fourteen different schools growing up, ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado with a master's degree and a PhD in education. Her peripatetic childhood nourished a lifelong love of travel, and she studied abroad in England, France, Mexico, and Spain. Her uncle introduced her to the sport of polo when she was just ten years old, and she enjoys playing to this day. She also competed on the Lancaster University Riding Team in England in stadium jumping, cross country, and dressage. A veteran school educator, she juggled teaching and horse training while writing The Bloodletter's Daughter. She lives in Colorado.