Larger venues for ‘Orphan Train’ author Kline visit

Orphan TrainTwo upcoming events featuring Christina Baker Kline, author of the best-selling novel “Orphan Train,” are being moved to larger venues following overwhelming response from the public, Sarasota County Libraries staff announced this week.

Shortly after “Orphan Train” was announced as the selection for the library system’s 2015 “One Book One Community” read-together book earlier this month, it became apparent that registration for two free programs featuring the visiting author would reach seating maximum capacity at both the previous north county and south county venues.

“We couldn’t be more excited that people are clamoring to hear Christina Baker Kline’s programs,” said Barb McDonald, outreach coordinator for the Sarasota County Library System. “We are fortunate, as well, to have supportive partners in the community who could offer larger venues to us so that we can continue to accept registrations for this very popular author.”

The previously announced date of Kline’s visit, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, and the times for the two programs will remain the same. The first program will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. The second will be 7-8 p.m. at Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.

Those who already registered and wait-listed for either program will automatically be transferred to the new venues for the program time they selected. The Library System online calendar will generate an email confirmation for the new venue. If you have not pre-registered, reserve a seat through the Sarasota County Library System website calendar:

“Orphan Train” has been chosen as a “One Book One Community” read in more than two dozen cities in the U.S., including Philadelphia, and was named by Book Movement as the No. 1 book club pick in the country. Kline has scheduled appearances all over the country and will speak in 15 cities in nine states within the next two months. To date, “Orphan Train” has 1.5 million copies in print, has been published in 28 countries, and has spent more than a year on the New York Times, USA Today and National Indie lists. The book has resided for five weeks at No. 1 on the NYT list and more than eight months in the top 3.

“Orphan Train” is about a 17-year-old foster girl who helps a 91-year-old rider of the Orphan Train connect with her past. The fascinating story is conceived from the lives of actual Orphan Train riders. From 1854 until 1929, 250,000 abandoned and orphaned children living in Eastern cities were relocated aboard “Orphan” or “Baby” Trains to foster homes in 46 different states.

Kline will sign copies of “Orphan Train” following her Sarasota County presentations, and copies of her book will be available for purchase at the events. Additionally, Kline will hold a book signing at Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17.

Other themed programs related to “Orphan Train,” including book discussions and companion movies, will be scheduled for February. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR   Christina Baker Kline has published four other novels and four non-fiction books. She resides in New Jersey and has a home in Maine with her husband and three sons. Ms. Kline is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught at numerous institutions, including Fordham University, Yale University, New York University, Drew University, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her previous novels include “Bird in Hand,” “The Way Life Should Be,” “Desire Lines” and “Sweet Water.” Visit for more information.

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