Afternoon with author benefits women's education

The Cleveland Heights Chapter Q of P.E.O. International will host its seventh annual Afternoon with an Author on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd. All proceeds will benefit P.E.O. International Projects for Women’s Education (   

This year’s event will showcase Cleveland-based author Claire McMillan and her second novel, The Necklace. In it, McMillan blends the present day and early 20th century with a dramatic mystery involving a Cleveland-based family of wealth and the intrigue of a precious heirloom.  Cleveland was also featured her first novel, Gilded Age. McMillan, the 2017–18 Cuyahoga County Writer-in-Residence, is a fan of Edith Wharton. She grew up in Pasadena, Calif., and now lives outside of Cleveland on her husband’s family farm.

McMillan will join a noteworthy roster of Greater Cleveland authors—James Renner, Thrity Umrigar, Mary Doria Russell, Sam Thomas, D.M. Pulley and Annie Hogsett—who have appeared at past Chapter Q P.E.O fundraisers.

The afternoon will include a book reading and Q-and-A with McMillan, followed by a book signing and dessert reception. A Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit organization promoting literacy, will offer copies of the book for sale at the event.

Tickets cost $20. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Katie Rarick at 847-204-1555 or 

Donna Johnson

A resident of Cleveland Heights and proud mom of a Cleveland Heights High School graduate, Donna Johnson is a member of Cleveland Heights Chapter Q of P.E.O International. 

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