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Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of instant New York Times bestseller A Piece of the World (2017), about the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, "Christina’s World." Kline has written six other novels — Orphan Train, Orphan Train GirlThe Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines — and written or edited five works of nonfiction. Her 2013 novel Orphan Train spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at # 1, and was published in 40 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection.

In addition to her novels, Kline has commissioned and edited two widely praised collections of original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow, and edited a book on grieving, Always Too Soon. She is coeditor, with Anne Burt, of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today, among other places.

Kline lives in an old house in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, David Kline, and three sons, Hayden, Will, and Eli.  She spends as much time as possible in an even older house in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

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Talks and Topics

  • Download Speaker Profile
  • A Piece of the World multi-media presentation
  • Orphan Train and Orphan Train Girl multi-media presentation
  • Fast and Furious Fiction & Memoir
  • Turning Life into Art
  • Writing About Family History
  • Turning Life Into Fiction
  • Why Do We Read? A Conversation
  • Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • Write Your Best Book: A Book-Proposal Workshop
  • Rejuvenate Your Writing Life
  • Surviving - and Thriving - As a Working Writer


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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • March 17, 2018: Montclair Literary Festival in Montclair, NJ
  • March 22, 2018: Literary Society of the Desert in Indian Wells, CA
  • April 14, 2018: Pasadena Festival of Women Authors
  • April 20, 2018: Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, MO
  • April 25, 2018: New Castle Reads in Wilmington, DE
  • April 26, 2018: Morristown Author Series in Morristown, NJ
  • April 28, 2018: North Coast Writers Showcase in Painesville, OH
  • June 4, 2018: American Repertory Theater’s Pink Pages
  • July 12, 2018: Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, ME
  • July 14, 2018: Monhegan Library in Monhegan, ME
  • September 20, 2018: Colony Club in New York, NY
  • September 24, 2018: Fargo Moorhead Town Hall in Fargo, ND
  • September 28, 2018: Adams County Library in Gettysburg, PA
  • October 25, 2018: One Book, One Community in Lake Forest, IL

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