Connect Event: Betsy Cornwell '10, Young Adult Author, Book Launch Party

"Mechanica" (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ), a feminist retelling of Cinderella.

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015

Time: 6 - 7 pm (Betsy will stay after to talk with Smithies.)

Location: The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue

(between Prospect Place and St. Marks Place), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Public Transportation:

C to Washington Avenue

2/3 to Brooklyn Museum

Q to 7th Avenue

B45 to Washington Avenue and Prospect Place


Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell ‘10 is a gorgeously-written retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all. Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike. Fans of Ash by Malinda Lo and Cinder by Marissa Meyer will find much to love in this feminist twist on the classic story.

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