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“Undercover with Louise Fitzhugh, the author of HARRIET THE SPY

A Talk with LESLIE BRODY about Researching and Writing Biography

LESLIE BRODY, local author and University of Redlands professor of creative writing is this year’s GUEST SPEAKER at The Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday June 6, 2021 at 3:30 PM via ZOOM. This virtual event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Join the Zoom Meeting here https://bit.ly/3uX0oTk or by logging into the Zoom website with Meeting ID: 546 218 7291 and Passcode: 2MBPQ7

LESLIE BRODY is the author of the critically acclaimed new biography, Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy, published by Seal Press in December 2020. Her previous books include, Irrepressible, the Life and Times of Jessica Mitford and Red Star Sister.



The Friends of A. K. Smiley Public Library’s Annual Membership Meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Friends’ significant fundraising efforts during the pandemic. It is also a time for the community to participate in saying goodbye to the Friends’ Board president LES KONG, a dedicated volunteer for A. K. Smiley Public Library and retired academic librarian. The business portion of the meeting will begin promptly at 3:00 PM, immediately followed by LESLIE BRODY’s talk slated to start at 3:30 PM. There will be a question and answer session with Brody after her talk.

The Friends of A. K. Smiley Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to providing funds to augment Redlands’ public library collections, support infrastructure needs, and to support programing for children and the community. Funds are raised through the sale of books, vinyl, and digital media in the Friends’ Bookstore on the lower level of A. K. Smiley Public Library, the library’s silent auction of rare books, and through special sales. The donation of books, vinyl, and digital media by the community enable the Friends to continue this support. The Friends welcome volunteers to help in their Bookstore and at special sales events. For more information, follow the group on Facebook and Instagram @friendsofsmileylibrary for news and updates.

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The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide

“Brody has written a fascinating and insightful biography of a complex and fascinating personality who has inspired many living writers, including Alison Bechdel (Fun Home).”

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Anthony Award Nomination

Sometimes You Have to Lie has been nominated for an Anthony Award in the “Best Critical or Nonfiction Work” category.

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New York Review of Books

“In 1963 thirty-four-year-old Louise Fitzhugh was fresh off a successful exhibition of her paintings and drawings at an Upper East Side gallery when she suddenly declared her fine art career a catastrophe. She’d recently illustrated the children’s book Suzuki Beane, a charming Beatnik spin on Eloise, written by her friend and sometime lover Sandra Scoppettone, and it was to children’s literature that Louise turned again. She wrote to her lifelong friend the poet James Merrill to tell him about her new book project: “It is called Harriet the Spy and is about a nasty little girl who keeps a notebook on all her friends.”

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LIBRARY JOURNAL

Turn the Page: 15 Editors’ Picks for Fall/Winter 2020

Library Journal is “eagerly anticipating Leslie Brody’s Sometimes You Have To Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy (Seal Press, 12/1/2020), a look at a writer who, like her heroine, lived life on her own terms. “