Amy Hill Hearth 

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Amy Hill Hearth (pronounced "HARTH") is a New York Times Bestselling Author and an American Library Association “Notable Book” and Peabody Award Winner. She is also a nationally-known public speaker. She will be on tour in the South from September 2015 through the winter and spring of 2016 to promote her new novel, MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE LOST HEIRESS OF COLLIER COUNTY, a sequel to her first novel. It will be published by Atria Books/​Simon & Schuster on September 8, 2015. Amy lives in New Jersey but maintains deep ties to the South. She spent her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, where she attended public schools, and her young adult years in Florida, where she was a newspaper reporter. Most of her family still resides in the Tampa Bay area. Amy's first book, an oral history, was the much-loved 1993 nonfiction hit, HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS. The book spawned a Broadway play and television film. Amy wrote six more nonfiction books before trying her hand at fiction in 2012 with the successful debut of MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE COLLIER COUNTY WOMEN'S LITERARY SOCIETY, set in Florida in the early 1960s. The novel, which was inspired by real events, was the November 2012 Simon & Schuster Book Club selection, May 2013 Reader's Digest "Select Edition" (previously, Book of the Month Club), and January 2013 selection of the legendary 600-chapter international Pulpwood Queens Book Club founded by Kathy L. Murphy. The book was also a Deep South magazine pick and an Atria/​Simon & Schuster in-house staff favorite. Reader’s Digest Brazil published the Portuguese-language edition in November 2014 with a first printing of 50,000 copies. HAVING OUR SAY, called a "classic oral history" by Newsweek magazine, remains a staple in American classrooms. The book is the story of two very wise centenarian sisters, Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany, whose father was born into slavery. The book was a New York Times Bestseller for 113 weeks. (It was also a Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestseller.) The Delany Sisters hailed from Raleigh, North Carolina. Amy was an advisor on the Broadway play adaptation of HAVING OUR SAY, which earned three Tony Award nominations including Best Play. She served again as advisor when the book was adapted for a CBS Sunday Night Movie in 1999. Directed by Academy Award winner Lynne Littman, the film starred Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, and Amy Madigan (who played the role of Amy Hill Hearth). Amy began her career in the early 1980s in the newspaper business. She met her husband, a native of Collier County, when interviewing him for a story when she was a staff reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Years later, HAVING OUR SAY began as a story she wrote about the then-unknown Delany Sisters for The New York Times.
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