Join pastry chef and author Louise Miller for a discussion about her writing process and research, as well as a reading from her debut novel, "A City Baker’s Guide to Country Living." When Olivia Rawlings—pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club—sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of—the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Miller and her full-hearted story about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home have been praised by the "New York Times Book Review:" “Miller elevates the story by turning it into a Pinterest fantasy of rural American…[Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one.”
Louise Miller is a writer and pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Miller has been a baker/pastry chef for over twenty years. She started her first baking job in 1994 in Cambridge, MA. Miller hated her first job, gave notice and had vowed never to work in a kitchen again, when on her last day she met her baking mentor, who talked her into staying on by offering to teach her the art of pastry. Miller is currently the pastry chef of the Union Club of Boston. A lifelong lover of reading, Miller began her first attempt at novel writing in 2009. She received a scholarship in 2012 to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program where she worked on the final revisions of her novel, which were made largely in the Athenæum’s fifth-floor reading room.
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The Athenæum's five galleried floors overlook the peaceful Granary Burying Ground, and, as Gamaliel Bradford wrote in 1931, "it is safe to say that [no library] anywhere has more an atmosphere of its own, that none is more conducive to intellectual aspiration and spiritual peace." The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.