Jennifer Niven

This author appeared at the 2011 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Jennifer Niven at the 2011  Texas Book Festival

Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's new novel, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, is at the heart of a captivating adventure that sends her soaring – literally. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope – until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny and poignant, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again. Jennifer Niven is also the author of The Ice Master, which was named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly and won the prestigious Gambrinus Giuseppe Mazziotti Prize in Italy. Her second book, Ada Blackjack, was a Book Sense Top Ten Pick. Her books have been translated into 10 languages. Her first novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, is based on her own screenplay, which became an Emmy Award-winning short film and an Indie Next Pick for August 2009. She lives in Los Angeles.

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