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North Central College welcomes Sesquicentennial author Philippa Gregory Oct. 23

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North Central College will host a talk by Philippa Gregory Oct. 23 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

Gregory’s talk begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The cost is $27.99 and includes a copy of her new book, “The Lady of the Rivers,” and ticket to the author program, question-and-answer session and signing line. One additional companion ticket may be purchased for $10 (no book). Visit Anderson’s Bookshops’ Naperville store at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., call 630-355-2665 or visit to purchase a book or to learn more.

Gregory is a New York Times No. 1-bestselling author who drew readers around the world into the legendary Tudor court with novels including “The Other Boleyn Girl.”  Her new “The Cousins’ War” series brings vibrant life to the noble family that preceded the Tudors—the magnificent Plantagenets—and chronicles the years of battles and political infighting most commonly known as the Wars of the Roses.
Now, in “The Women of the Cousins’ War,” Gregory teams with two eminent historians, David Baldwin and Michael Jones, to explore the true lives of the extraordinary heroines of “The Cousins’ War” series: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford (“The Lady of the Rivers”), Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England (“The White Queen”) and Margaret Beaufort, founder of the Tudor dynasty (“The Red Queen”).

“The Women of the Cousins’ War” offers fascinating biographical essays about the inspirations behind Gregory’s fiction and a sweeping picture of one of the most intriguing periods in English history. This unique illustrated project incorporates beautiful illustrations of rare portraits and source materials, making it a must-have volume for both scholars and historical fiction readers alike.

Gregory studied history at the University of Sussex and received a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. She is a recognized authority on women’s history, the author of several bestselling novels and a regular contributor to TV, radio and international newspapers. She welcomes visitors to her website,

North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series concludes with an appearance by Bill Bryson on Oct. 26. The series began with talks by Tyra Banks on Sept. 15 and Caroline Kennedy on Oct. 5.