Virginia Pye: The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann

Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Join us as we welcome award winning author Virginia Pye to speak to us about her new book The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann on Thursday February 22nd at 6:30pm at Sandwich Public Library. 

This is a free event, but registration is required and space is limited. Registration can be completed HERE or by calling Titcomb's Bookshop at 508-888-2331.

Books will be for sale at the event, and Pye will sign them after her presentation. Those who are unable to attend the event may order signed copies below by writing "signed copy" in the order comments, or by calling 508-888-2331.



Victoria Swann is a successful author of romance and adventure novels who becomes a champion of women's rights as she takes on the literary establishment and finds her true voice, both on and off the page. Everything changes for Victoria when she goes against her publisher's demands and abandons her frivolous style to tell her own story. Her new, young, Harvard-bred editor becomes her unexpected ally as she fights for the women who have been her faithful readers. Set in Gilded Age Boston, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann shows writing and reading as acts of defiance and revision in life and revision on the page as intimately entwined.

The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann is a book lover’s delight—by turns hilarious and scathing in its cultural critique, this meticulously researched novel exposes the unseen and sometimes unsavory underbelly of Boston society and literary publishing. The adventures and dreams of Victoria, a brilliant and irreverent romance novelist from more than a century ago, will resonate with readers today.”

—Kerri Maher, International bestselling author of The Paris Bookseller

"The Bostonians meets Writers & Lovers in Virginia Pye’s gossipy and substantive historical novel about women authors and book publishing, Compelling, fierce, and utterly charming, Victoria Swann is a literary heroine for the ages.”

—Laura Zigman, author of Small World



Virginia Pye’s story collection Shelf Life of Happiness won the 2019 IPPY Gold Medal for Short Fiction and her two historical novels set in China, Dreams of the Red Phoenix and River of Dust, also received literary awards. Her essays have appeared in The New York TimesLiterary HubThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is Fiction Editor at Pangyrus and has taught writing at NYU, UPenn, and at GrubStreet Writing Center in Boston.

Event address: 
Sandwich Public Library
142 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann By Virginia Pye Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646033973
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Regal House Publishing - October 3rd, 2023