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WHC’s EmptyNesters Present: Shaunna Edwards & Alyson Richman

authors of The Thread Collectors

Friday January 20, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm


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The WHC’s EmptyNesters are pleased to welcome authors Shaunna Edwards and Alyson Richman via Zoom to discuss their book The Thread Collectors.

Friday, January 20 at 11:00 am on Zoom

This program is free and open to everyone, but RSVP is required.


Click here to purchase this book through WHC’s Mitzvah Mall.

About the Book:

1863: In a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army. Bound to a man who would kill her if he knew of her clandestine activities, Stella has to hide not only her efforts but her love for William, a Black soldier and a brilliant musician.

Meanwhile, in New York City, a Jewish woman stitches a quilt for her husband, who is stationed in Louisiana with the Union Army. Between abolitionist meetings, Lily rolls bandages and crafts quilts with her sewing circle for other soldiers, too, hoping for their safe return home. But when months go by without word from her husband, Lily resolves to make the perilous journey South to search for him.

As these two women risk everything for love and freedom during the brutal Civil War, their paths converge in New Orleans, where an unexpected encounter leads them to discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save us. Loosely inspired by the authors’ family histories, this stunning novel will stay with readers for a long time.

About the Authors:

Alyson Rich­man is the USA Today and #1 inter­na­tion­al best­selling author of sev­er­al his­tor­i­cal nov­els, includ­ing The Vel­vet HoursThe Gar­den of Let­ters, and The Lost Wife, which is cur­rent­ly in devel­op­ment for a major motion pic­ture. Alyson grad­u­at­ed from Welles­ley Col­lege with a degree in art his­to­ry and Japan­ese stud­ies. She is an accom­plished painter and her nov­els com­bine her deep love of art, his­tor­i­cal research, and trav­el. Alyson’s nov­els have been pub­lished in twen­ty-five lan­guages and have reached best­seller lists both in the Unit­ed States and abroad. She lives on Long Island with her hus­band and two chil­dren, where she is cur­rent­ly at work on her next nov­el. Find her on Insta­gram, @alysonrichman.

Shau­na J. Edwards has a BA in lit­er­a­ture from Har­vard Col­lege and a JD from NYU School of Law. A for­mer cor­po­rate lawyer, she now works in diver­si­ty, equi­ty and inclu­sion. She is a native Louisian­ian, raised in New Orleans, and cur­rent­ly lives in Harlem with her hus­band. The Thread Col­lec­tors is her first nov­el. Find her on Insta­gram, @shaunnajedwards.



Friday, January 20


11:00 am - 11:00 pm




Adult Ed, Lecture


Marsha Humphries