Season 2: Episode 6–The UP Notable Book Club presents author Maaryka Biaggio speaking about her book “Eden Waits: A Novel Based on the True Story of Michigan’s Utopian Community, Hiawatha”
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Maryka Biaggio is a psychology professor turned novelist who specializes in historical fiction based on real people. A graduate from Marquette High School and Northern Michigan University, she enjoys the challenge of starting with actual figures and dramatizing their lives–figuring out what motivated them to behave as they did, studying how the cultural and historical context may have influenced them, and recreating a sense of their emotional world through dialogue and action. Doubleday published her debut novel, PARLOR GAMES, in 2013. EDEN WAITS, based in the true story of a utopian community founded in the 1890s, was published by Sunbury Press in August 2019. EDEN WAITS was an Editors’ Choice in the February 2020 issue of Historical Novels Review. Her fiction has won Willamette Writers, Oregon Writers Colony, and La Belle Lettre awards. She prides herself on crafting carefully researched and realistic fiction. She is an avid opera fan and enjoys gardening, art films, and, of course, great fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.