Author/English Professor John Harrison Smolens to Host Book Launch Party for The Schoolmaster’s Daughter


Friday, September 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM

John Harrison Smolens – The Schoolmaster’s Daughter

at Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley MA

Book Launch Party, Presentation, Q&A, Signing, Refreshments

Historical fiction afficionado? Suspense addict? Be sure to join accomplished author (and former Wellesley resident) John Smolens at this Friday night book launch party to celebrate the publication of The Schoolmaster’s Daughter: A Novel of the American Revolution. You’ll be fascinated to hear John speak about his highly praised book and the process of writing historical fiction.  Come welcome a native son back to Wellesley!


Set in Boston in 1775, The Schoolmaster’s Daughter presents a compelling story of espionage, love, and occupation, based on the courageous acts of Abigail Lovell and her brothers James and Benjamin during the first year of the American Revolution.

“In this magnificently researched and absorbing historical novel, John Smolens brings to intimate life the first days of the American Revolution as the civil war it actually was, in and around a Boston at once recognizable and yet still thrillingly close to wild nature, with a swampy waterfront, three cave pocked hills above it, and cows everywhere, not only on the Commons. Smolens gives us a rich sense, not only of how the fight divided private families, but also of what surprising alignments it bred inside Colonial society, from its selectmen, through its watermen and their families, down to its abundant prostitutes. This is a fresh take on the world of Paul Revere, thronged with strong women.”

-Jaimy Gordon, author of LORD OF MISRULE, winner of the National Book Award 2010



Former Wellesley resident (WHS ’68), Professor John Smolens is the author of seven works of fiction, including Cold; The Invisible World; Fire Point; and The AnarchistCold was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the Detroit Free Press selected Fire Point as the best book by a Michigan author in 2004. John received his MFA from the University of Iowa and is a professor of English at Northern Michigan University. Visit his website at