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Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Literary Issue: March 2016
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"Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World" by Linda HirshmanThe Brandeis Book and Author Event returns to Phoenix for the 26th year on Monday, March 14, with a full lineup of bestselling authors.

The event, staged by the Brandeis National Committee Phoenix Chapter, will begin at 9 a.m., when participants can peruse mini boutiques – with everything from clothing to jewelry – set up outside the ballroom. From 9:45-10:45 a.m. authors will be available for book signings. A luncheon will start at 11 a.m., during which the authors will discuss their books. Channel 5 KPHO anchor Sean McLaughlin will serve as moderator.

All proceeds will benefit Brandeis University’s Sustaining the Mind Fund for research and scholarship in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases.

This year’s authors include:

Linda Hirshman / Photo courtesy Brandeis National CommitteeLinda Hirshman
Hirshman penned “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World” after she realized there was no authoritative biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and that the biography of Sandra Day O’Connor didn’t address her role in changing the world for women. As a lawyer and a feminist who has argued before the United States Supreme Court, Hirshman lends a unique perspective to this biography of two diverse women who rose to the highest court in the land.

Steve Martini
Author of “The Enemy Inside,” Martini draws inspiration from his time as a private practice attorney working primarily as a legislative representative for the State Bar of California and as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crime Program. Martini started writing fiction in 1984, and in 1992 he published “Compelling Evidence,” in which he introduced the character of attorney Paul Madriani. The book became a national bestseller, and he’s since written 16 more books.

"Circling the Sun" by Paula McLainPaula McLain
McLain graduated with an MFA in poetry from University of Michigan in 1996 and is the author of the international bestseller “The Paris Wife,” which has been translated into 34 languages. McLain’s latest book, “Circling the Sun,” tells the fictionalized story of Beryl Markham, a pioneer female aviator and horse trainer in Kenya, who is caught up in a love triangle with Denys Finch Hatton, a dashing safari hunter, and Karen Blixen, who wrote “Out of Africa” under the pen name Isak Dinesen.

Barbara Shapiro
Before becoming a writer, Shapiro directed research projects for a residential substance abuse facility, worked as a systems analyst/statistician, headed the Boston office of a software development firm and taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. She has written seven novels, including her latest, “The Muralist,” a tome that mingles art, love, history and politics using historical as well as fictional characters.

Ed Tarkington
Tarkington’s breakout novel “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is a coming-of-age mystery about the importance of love set in Spencerville, Virginia, in the late 1970s. Tarkington works as a high school English teacher at Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy, where he also serves as the wrestling coach and literary magazine sponsor. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” was recently selected as an ABA Indies Pick for Winter/Spring 2016 and as a February Book of the Month Club selection.

Who: Brandeis National Committee Phoenix Chapter
What: 26th Annual Book and Author Event
When: 11 a.m. Monday, March 14
Where: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix
Cost: $125 includes luncheon and $5 coupon for book purchase. Advance sales only. No tickets at the door.