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Pamela Schoenewaldt at Writers in the Library, Nov. 11

pamela3Pamela Schoenewaldt will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, November 11th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Pamela 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 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.

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.

Schoenewaldt studied Renaissance drama at the University of Pennsylvania, attended film school at Temple University, and worked in Philadelphia and San Francisco as a prize-winning freelance professional writer. After meeting her husband, physicist Maurizio Conti, Schoenewaldt moved to a seaside town west of Naples for ten years of writing, translating, and absorbing the world and senses recreated in her novels. Her play, Espresso con mia madre (Espresso with my mother) was performed at Teatro Cilea in Naples. From 2001 to 2003, Schoenewaldt was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee Libraries, where she wrote her first novel.
For more on Pamela Schoenewaldt’s work, read reviews at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

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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