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Ariel Lawhon

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Magic City Books is proud to welcome bestselling author Ariel Lawhon for a free event celebrating her latest novel, The Frozen River, named an NPR book of the year for 2023, on Wednesday March 6. The event will begin at 7:00 pm at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 Reconciliation Way (located one block north of Magic City Books in downtown Tulsa).

The Frozen River is a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history. It was selected as a Good Morning America Book Club Pick and received multiple starred reviews.

The Frozen River, as well as previous books by Ariel Lawhon, Code Name Helene and I was Anastasia are available now at Magic City Books and will be for sale at the event on March 6. You can purchase a of The Frozen River online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/the-frozen-river/1952.

About The Frozen River

Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the town’s most respected gentlemen–one of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.

Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie.

Clever, layered, and subversive, Ariel Lawhon’s newest offering introduces an unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice at a time when women were considered best seen and not heard. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy yet remains nearly forgotten to this day.

Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. Her books have been translated in numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, Indie Next, Costco, Amazon Spotlight, and Book of the Month Club selections. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four sons. Ariel splits her time between the grocery store and the baseball field.


March 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Magic City Books


Living Arts
307 E. Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK 74120 United States
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