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Jessica Handler

author of

The Magnetic Girl

will be our guest at the

Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Second Story Gallery

November 23, 2019
3 PM

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Handler’s historical-fiction debut follows the life of the life 13-year-old Lulu Hurst in rural North Georgia two decades after the Civil War. Lulu’s profound supernatural mental connection allows her to control the thoughts of her friends and family. Lulu travels the Eastern seaboard, captivating enthusiastic crowds by lifting grown men in parlor chairs and throwing them across the stage with her “electrical charge.”

Handler learned about the real-life Lulu, on whom the book is based, about a decade ago in an electrical engineering magazine from the 1890s.

“…I [was] … fascinated by women and girls who were exceptional either physically, intellectually or culturally,” Handler said about why she chose to write about Lulu. [Her] interest in Lulu grew as she read her autobiography and articles about her life. She was fascinated by Lulu’s tenacity and her ability, as a teenager, to go on stage and display her miraculous strength using stage tricks. At the time, Lulu was known as the “Georgia Wonder.”  

The AJC listed the book as one of 10 Southern Books to Read in 2019.

It made The Wall Street Journal’s list of 10 Books You’ll Want to Read, as well.

Handler is an English Professor at Oglethorpe University and a published author of essays and nonfiction features. Her non-fiction books include Invisible Sisters: A Memoir and Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing about Grief. Jessica writes essays and nonfiction features that have appeared on NPR, in Newsweek, The Washington Post, and other publications.

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Participants in our author series were (in order of appearance):

Roger Johns
Colleen Oakley
Hannah S. Palmer
Brian Panowich
Marilyn Baron
Trudy Nan Boyce
Kimberly Brock
Marilyn Baron
Kennedy Ryan
Melissa Klein
Sandra Berman
Karen White
Richard Judy
Don Reichardt and Joyce Oscar
Carolyn Curry
Dianna Love
Lynn Cullen
George Weinstein


Michael Karpovage
Kevin Horgan
Ann Hite
Amanda Kyle Williams
Bennett Shelfer
Claire Cook
Susan Rebecca White
Marc Fitten
Karen White, sponsored by the
     Atlanta-Fulton Public Library

Haywood Smith
Cindi Crane
Jennifer Arnold
Anju Gattani
Wendy Wax
Jeffrey Stepakoff
Renea Winchester



Stacia Brown
Rebecca Burns
Amanda Gable
Phillip DePoy
Joseph Gatins
Darlene Walsh
Mary Kay Andrews
Ted Dunagan
Shelia P. Moses
Patti Callahan Henry
David Fulmer
Joshilyn Jackson
Evelyn Coleman
Patricia Sprinkle
Gillian Summers
Dianna Avena
Karen White
Cristina Graciela