Roaring Fork Valley writer Linda Lafferty will have a book-launch party for her novel “The Drowning Guard” at 6 tonight at the Pitkin County Library. A historical novel set in 19th-century Istanbul, the book tells the story of the crimes and romance of Esma Sultan, one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history, who was rumored to have drowned her Christian lovers in the Bosphurus Strait. Lafferty will read from the book and discuss the research behind it. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
Lafferty debuted as a novelist a year ago with “The Bloodletter’s Daughter,” a historical tale set in a Czech village in the early 17th century. The book reached No. 1 on Amazon’s literary fiction and historical eBook lists.