Monday, August 12, 2013

Evergreen™ Featured Title: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

The Winter Palace
Eva Stachniak
FIC Stach

From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of Varvara, an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.   A slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie is a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has loftier, more dangerous ambitions. What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power.

Eva Stachniak presented an hour long reading and chat about this book at the Halifax Public Library last year:

If this book piqued your interest in Russian history, check out some of the items that the library holds on Catherine the Great.

If you would like to know more about the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, visit  virtually at their amazing website! You can see rooms of the Winter Palace as well as the massive amount of art that the Hermitage holds. You might also want to check out the  stunning DVD Russian Ark, a visual journey through the Hermitage and Russian history.

Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week, October 20-26, to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award!

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