Author Rita Mae Brown to Visit Maggie Walker

Rita Mae Brown, renowned author, will be presenting to students in the auditorium of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School on Wednesday, December 8, from 12:30 pm -1:30 pm. Ms. Brown will discuss some of her recent works and share her inspiration for writing.

Gaining writing renown in the early years of her career (the early 1970s) for novels centered on womens' rights and other social issues, Ms. Brown has since published several novels in two New York Times bestselling mystery series and is best known these days as a mystery writer, American fox hunting enthusiast, and protector of animals and the environment. She lives on a farm outside Charlottesville, and her talk will focus on writing and her recent memoir, “Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small.”

Although her writing-related awards (including Emmy Award nominations and an NEA writing fellowship) and credentials (degrees in English literature, political science, and cinematography) are impressive, Ms. Brown finds the most fulfillment in her continued work protecting animals and the environment. A long-time activist in many areas of social justice work, her focus over the past two decades has been in these areas.