Roberta Rich



Delve into the 16th-century Venetian world created by Roberta Rich. Her latest in an amazing, thought-provoking trilogy is uplifting escapism of the finest kind. Rich has an unparalleled ability to draw her readers in, just like she will be drawing in our STARFest audience with author Caterina Edwards.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 7:00pm. St. Albert Public Library.

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With her bestselling debut novel, The Midwife of Venice, former lawyer Roberta Rich established herself as a prominent voice in historical fiction. She burst onto the book scene with her novel of the little-known lives of Jewish women in Venice during the Renaissance. The Midwife of Venice is a fast-paced thriller full of pertinent historical and social information and jaunty humour, introducing readers to Hannah Levi, an expert midwife living alone in Venice's Jewish ghetto. It spent six months on The Globe and Mail bestseller list. Rich returned in 2013 with the sequel, The Harem Midwife, and her 2017 novel, A Trial in Venice, concludes the story of Hannah.

Her careful focus on historical and cultural details, colourful characterizations of ordinary people, and realistic interpretation of Jewish-Christian relations have made her a gifted chronicler of the hidden lives of 16th-century Europe.

A rollicking and evocative read, peopled with beguiling, unforgettable characters, A Trial in Venice is a breathtaking follow up, certain to shock and delight fans of the series and solidify Rich's reputation as one of Canada's most loved historical fiction authors.


Caterina Edwards was the first Italian-Canadian woman writer in western Canada. Her 2015 novel, The Sicilian Wife, is both a political thriller and an absorbing psychological page-turner. Edwards was inducted into the Edmonton Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame in 2016.

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