WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors books The Kennedy Debutante An Interview with Author Kerri Maher A N N U N Z I AT A VA R E L A writer for followers of American royalty, there is no shortage of news articles, biographies, and documentaries covering the Kennedys, allowing fans to keep tabs on the dynasty or perhaps learn a new nugget about a particular member. But writers would agree that covering such a heavily-scrutinized, beloved family is no easy task. Take Kerri Maher, author of the debut novel The Kennedy Debutante (Berkley, 2018), who remembers how she felt when she first started writing about a lesser-known member, Kathleen, known affectionately as "Kick." "I was really nervous writing about the Kennedys, about JFK's sister," she recalls, "but writer friends reassured me that this was my book, and I should write it as I see it. It was very liberating." Weston residents know Kerri Maher as Kerri Majors, who adopted her closet-writer grandmother's maiden name as her pen name. "She would never show anyone what she was writing, and when she passed, no one could find her work," recalls Maher. A California girl at heart, Maher spent her formative years of sixth grade through college in the state after having lived the first eight years of her life in Dover. Maher received her MFA at Columbia University and then taught for eight years, first as a graduate student and then as a lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University, before moving to Massachusetts. She is also the founder and essays editor of YARN, the Young Adult Review Network, an online literary journal of young adult short stories, essays, and poetry, which won an Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation. Maher's short stories and essays have appeared in journals such as Guernica and Poets and Writers. In 2013, Maher published her first book (under Kerri Majors) entitled This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World (Writer's Digest Books) which features a series of candid and irreverent essays on writing taken from her own life. She offers insights on C O U R T E S Y O F B E R K L E Y 174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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