Join us for this very special presentation as Megan Marshall, a graduate of both Allendale Elementary and Blair High School (1971), returns to her hometown for a discussion, reading, and book signing. Marshall’s second biography, "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life," was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. A compelling examination of the trailblazing 19th century author, journalist, and women’s rights advocate, "Margaret Fuller," wrote Dwight Garner in his New York Times book review, “is as seductive as it is impressive . . . [and] pushes Ms. Marshall into the front rank of American biographers.” Marshall, who lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College in Boston, where she teaches nonfiction writing and archival research in the MFA program. During her formative years in Pasadena, Marshall was a patron of both the Allendale Branch and Pasadena Central Libraries, where she developed and fostered her love of reading and writing, and where she first discovered the literature of Hawthorne, Thoreau, Melville, and other 19th century writers who drew her to attend college in New England. Copies of "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life," as well as Marshall’s first award-winning biography, "The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism," will be available for purchase and signing. In addition, throughout the month of May, the Allendale Branch will present a display of books that have informed and inspired Marshall’s literary sensibilities over the course of her life.