Speaker Series: Kelly O’Connor McNees

Feb 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Recent Events

Kelly McNees -  Speaker Series - spring 2014

On April 15 the Friends of the Library Speaker Series welcomes
Kelly O’Connor McNees.
Please join us as she discusses her historical novel, The Island of Doves.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6 PM
Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor
Lake Shore Campus

The Island of Doves is a historical novel about two women, wealthy fur-trader Magdelaine Fonteneau and runaway wife Susannah Fraser, whose lives intersect on Mackinac Island in 1835. At this time of great change for the island–steamboat travel has opened this once-isolated place, and the fur trade is a thing of the past–Magdelaine offers Susannah refuge in her home, unaware of how the young woman’s presence will dredge up secrets long buried and wounds unhealed. This talk will focus on the research on the island, and particularly the remarkable life of Magdelaine LaFramboise, the “first lady of Mackinac Island” and the woman on whom the fictional protagonist is based.

The Island of Doves

Kelly O’Connor McNees is the author of three novels: The Island of Doves, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, and In Need of a Good Wife, a finalist for the Willa Award. She lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago.

For further information, please contact Svetlana Surkevicius at or 773.508.2641.

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