Charlene Ball's Dark Lady Book Release Party

at in store on 07/13/2017, 07:00 pm
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Atlanta, GA
(404) 524-0304
Join Charis in celebrating the book release of Dark Lady: a novel of Emilia Bassano Lanyer by our long time friend, Charlene Ball! Charlene will read a bit from the novel, take questions, and sign copies of the book. Dark Lady tells the tale of Emilia Bassano who has four strikes against her: she is poor, beautiful, female, and intelligent in Elizabethan England. When she is raped as a teenager, she knows she probably will not be able to make a good marriage, so she becomes the mistress of a much older nobleman. During this time she falls in love with poet/player William Shakespeare, and they have a brief, passionate relationship―but when the plague comes to England, the nobleman abandons her, leaving her pregnant and without financial security. In the years that follow, Emilia is forced to make a number of difficult decisions in her efforts to survive, and not all of them turn out well for her. But ultimately, despite the disadvantaged position she was born to, she succeeds in pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer―and even publishes a book of poetry in 1611 that makes a surprisingly modern argument for women’s equality. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5. Event address: 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Charis Books and More Atlanta, GA 30307

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