Christina was absolutely marvelous and everyone loved her presentation. We had well over 250 people and the book signing with Gene’s Books was a great success. She spoke for fifty minutes and we had a fifteen minute Q&A afterward. The champagne reception we had after her presentation was fabulous. The high point of the evening was, of course, the charming and witty slide presentation she gave of her book Christina’s World. All in all quite a memorable evening.
Sanibel Library, FL
New Castle Reads
Christina Baker Kline’s author talk was one of the most highly anticipated and well attended of our long-standing series. She was a dynamic speaker and enhanced the program with resources which made the Orphan Train movement come alive. The evening performance at the Chase Center had 1200 book lovers in attendance.
Christina was an engaging speaker—entertaining and informative, but beyond that she is a wonderful story-teller. Her audience was with her from the minute she stepped up to the podium, to her concluding remarks. We enjoyed every minute of her talk.
Literary Society of the Desert
High Point Literary Society
Christina Baker Kline was an outstanding speaker for a very large group of readers. Her topic was so interesting, that she reached all the participants, both young and old with her storytelling skills. She was able to break down her writing process and engage us in how it evolved. The Orphan Train grew from an article in the newspaper. Through extensive research and interviews, she was able to capture a time in the past masterfully. She provided photographs and more details of the real people she met in developing her story. She was attentive to us on a personal level and spent time answering questions and autographing books. I can fully recommend her as a speaker who delivers.
Christina Baker Kline presented an engaging and entertaining program on her novel Orphan Train. She was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Not only is she personable and enjoyable to be around, she is also extremely professional. Her talk was well organized, and included photos of the orphan children who inspired her novel. Naturally, these images spurred several questions from the audience, and Christina had ready answers and personal anecdotes about her interactions with these subjects to share as additional background material. The committee that organized this day heard dozens of positive comments from attendees. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She did a terrific job!
Geauga County Library
Monhegan Memorial Library
Christina was an amazing speaker. She joined us as the guest for our Third Annual Distinguished Writers Series in July, and was so generous with her time—attending a Welcome Reception, holding a small format Q & A in our Library and then giving a formal presentation and book signing about “A Piece of the World” at our local schoolhouse, for which we had over 100 people. (In a town of about 600 in the summer, this was huge for us!) Expectations were high for this event as our patrons just loved her book, and Christina totally exceeded them. Her presentation was dynamic and interesting, her grasp of the Olson and Wyeth story was so spot on (as Jamie Wyeth, who sat with her in a Q & A that night, can attest!) and humane. Yet what we enjoyed most about Christina was her personality—she was so genuinely warm, welcoming and attentive to her fans, that we all felt like friends by the end of the evening. She gave more than was asked for her, and we were so thrilled with her visit! Participants are still telling us that it was the highlight of their summer.
Christina was one of the first authors on our list for the Unbound Book Festival’s third event, in 2018. She appeared twice, delivering her wonderful slideshow presentation on A PIECE OF THE WORLD to a standing-room only crowd and participating on one of our most popular panels, on historical fiction. Our audiences simply adored her. She is charming and engaging and exudes star quality. She also showed great kindness by agreeing to meet privately with a volunteer group who look after refugee girls, who drove several hours to meet her. She absolutely made their year!
Unbound Book Festival
One Book, One Community
Christina’s warm personality, sense of humor and intelligence engaged every single person in the room. There are not too many people who can share a 40 minute Power Point and leave their audience clamoring for more, but Christina Baker Kline can. Don’t shy away if you hear she has a Power Point presentation; it is the perfect tool for your event attendees to discover a new, exciting piece of the world.
We are all aglow here on a gloomy Monday morning in Lake Forest. Our author’s event was a huge success. Ms. Baker-Kline was gracious, interesting, professional, cheerful and fun to hang out with. She made herself available to our patrons and thoughtfully answered their questions. She took the time to chat with those asking for their books to be signed. We had several patrons who came to all three of our events and felt that they had a completely different experience at each one, the power point presentation on Friday being a particular highlight.
Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale
Christina Baker Kline was a delightful and engaging presenter. Our audience sat with rapt attention listening to her natural story-telling of the history of the Orphans Trains. You could hear a pin drop in our crowded banquet hall.