Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places, and her latest book, The Fifth Petal. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists Colony’s Strnad Invitational Fellowship, as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in the London Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. Brunonia cochairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband, Gary Ward, and their dog, Angel. Gary and Bru are the organizers of the Salem Literary Festival.