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Novelist Pamela Schoenewaldt to Read

NOVELIST PAMELA SCHOENEWALDT TO READ:  On Monday, 11/11, Pamela Schoenewaldt will read from her new novel, Swimming in the Moon, as part of UT’s Writers in the Library Series, at 7pm, in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. From 2001 to 2003, Schoenewaldt was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee Libraries.

Schoenewaldt’s debut historical novel, When We Were Strangers (2011), was a USA Today Bestseller, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, and was short-listed for the Langham Prize in American Historical Fiction. Schoenewaldt’s short fiction work has won the Chekhov Prize for Fiction, the Cascando Travel Writing Award, Tennessee Writers and Writers Words Awards, and many other honors.  Her new novel, Swimming in the Moon (2013), tells the story of fourteen-year-old Lucia and her mother Teresa, servants to a nobleman in the Bay of Naples, who together flee from turn-of-the-century Italy to escape punishment, arriving in Cleveland. There they must begin the struggle to make a new life for themselves. Immigration, opera, vaudeville, and the dramatic 1911 Cleveland Garment Workers Strike shape Lucia’s search for her own path as her mother’s mental health unravels.  For more on Schoenewaldt and her work, visit

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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