Writers in the Library: Pamela Schoenewaldt

Pamela 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.

Monday, 11 November, 2013


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