Survival in an Era of Destruction

Decatur City Hall presented by City of Decatur

Saturday, 11:15-12:00

In the historical novels, Secrets in a House Divided by Clara Silverstein and The Lost Queen by Signe Pike, the main characters face the likelihood that without strength and courage from within, they will not survive the brutality of their countries at war. Told in rich, vibrant details, the novels take us to a place and time of unbearable change and introduce us to unforgettable heroines who are at the center of it all.


Signe Pike

Signe Pike was born in born in Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication.

She worked as an acquisitions editor at Random House and then Penguin, before leaving to write her first book, Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World. Pike has spent the past ten years researching and writing about Celtic history, myth, folklore, and tradition. Her love of history, the great outdoors, early medieval and ancient archaeology, as well as her dedication to historical accuracy, has made her social media feeds an informative delight to her readers.

Signe has taught seminars and workshops nationally on writing and publishing, and has spoken internationally on folklore and Celtic tradition. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Clara Silverstein

Clara Silverstein is the author of White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation and three cookbooks. Her work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and in publications including American Heritage, Southern Cultures, Blackbird, and The Boston Globe. The former program director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, she lives in the Boston area.


Piper Huguley

Piper G. Huguley is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist. Her latest series, Born to Win Men, starts with A Champion’s Heart as Book #1. A Champion’s Heart was named by Sarah MacLean of The Washington Post as a best romance novel selection for December 2016. Piper blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.