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Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Judith Lindbergh for her novel AkmaralIlyse Robbins will join Lindbergh in conversation. This event will take place on Tuesday, July 2 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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Before the Silk Road had a name, nomads roamed the Asian steppes and women fought side by side as equals with men. Like all women of the Sauromatae, Akmaral is bound for battle from birth, training as a girl in horsemanship, archery, spear, and blade. Her prowess ignites the jealousy of Erzhan, a gifted warrior who hates her as much as he desires her. When Scythian renegades attack, the two must unite to defeat them. Among their captives is Timor, the rebels’ enigmatic leader who refuses to be broken, even as he is enslaved. He fascinates Akmaral. But as attraction grows to passion, she is blinded to the dangerous alliance forming between the men who bristle against the clan’ s matriarchal rule. Faced with brutal betrayal, Akmaral must find the strength to defend her people and fulfill her destiny. Drawn from legends of Amazon women warriors from ancient Greece and recent archaeological discoveries in Central Asia, Akmaral is a sweeping tale about a powerful woman who must make peace with making war.


"Thoroughly imagined and vividly described, this novel is a gripping saga, a love story, and a convincing portrait of a time and people lost to history." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 bestselling author of Orphan Train and The Exiles

"Set against the unfolding drama of an ancient warring tribe of the Asian steppes, the novel captures both the mystery of love and the majesty of the human spirit." —Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Black Lake and The Painted Girls 


Judith Lindbergh’s new novel, Akmaral, about a nomad woman warrior on the ancient Central Asian steppes, is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing on May 7, 2024. Her debut novel, The Thrall’s Tale, about three women in the first Viking Age settlement in Greenland, was an IndieBound Pick, a Borders Original Voices Selection, and praised by Pulitzer Prize winners Geraldine Brooks and Robert Olen Butler. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including in NewsweekZibby MagazineNext AvenueWriter’s DigestEdible Jersey, Literary MamaArchaeology MagazineOther Voices, and UP HERE: The North at the Center of the World published by University of Washington Press. She also contributed to the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition Vikings: The Norse Atlantic Saga and provided expert commentary on two documentary series for The History Channel. Judith received a 2024 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is the Founder/Director of The Writers Circle, a New Jersey-based creative writing center where she teaches aspiring and accomplished writers from ages 8-80.

Ilyse Robbins is a freelance director, choreographer, actor, educator, coach, and writer. She recently played the role of Gangster #2 in Lyric Stage Boston’s critically acclaimed production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Ilyse recently directed and choreographed Mr. Popper’s Penguins at Wheelock Family Theatre and Lizzie at Umbrella Stage Company. She choreographed Assassins at the Lyric and The Rocky Horror Show at Central Square. Earlier this season she played the role of Storyteller for the BSYO’s sold out Peter and the Wolf and performed in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at Umbrellas Stage. This summer Ilyse will direct 46 Plays for America’s First Ladies for HUB Theatre Company. Ilyse trains professionals in public speaking and storytelling and teaches drama education at Brandeis University. She is in the process of completing her first young adult novel. Ilyse holds a BS in Communication/Theater from Northwestern University, certification in theater from the British American Drama Academy and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

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