Bestselling author Julianna Baggott will read from her poetry on Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. Baggott also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode and has published 19 books over the last 12 years. She is associate professor of English at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts. The reading is free, open to the public and sponsored by Hamilton’s Creative Writing department.
Baggott enjoys an acclaimed career as a poet, having published three collections of poetry – This Country of Mothers (2001), Lizzie Borden in Love (2006) and Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees (2007). Her poems have appeared in such literary publications as Best American Poetry in 2012, The American Poetry Review in 2011 and Poetry in 2001.
Girl Talk (2001), Baggott’s first novel, was a national bestseller. It was quickly followed by The Boston Globe bestseller, The Miss America Family (2002) and then The Boston Herald Book Club selection, The Madam (2010), an historical novel based on the life of her grandmother. Film rights for her novel PURE (2012), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and ALA Alex Award-winner, have been acquired by Fox 2000. The second book in the trilogy, FUSE (2013), has just been released.
Baggott has also published award-winning novels for younger readers. Her trilogy, The Anybodies, was a Washington Post Book of the Week, a Girl’s Life Top Ten, a Booksense selection, and was in development at Nickelodeon/Paramount. Baggott’s Boston Red Sox novel The Prince of Fenway Park (2009) is on the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards List and won the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award for 2011-2012. In 2006, Baggott and her husband co-founded the nonprofit organization Kids in Need – Books in Deed, which focuses on literacy and getting free books to underprivileged children in the state of Florida.