literary novel


Announced as Commencement Speaker ’15

Posted on May 23rd, by anna in news. Comments Off on Announced as Commencement Speaker ’15

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Holyoke Catholic High School Distinguished Alumni 2015 is Anna Bowen ’71.

Holyoke Catholic High School Commencement Speaker

HCH commencement speaker

HCH commencement speaker


Judge 22nd Writer’s Digest Awards

Posted on November 29th, by anna in reviews. Comments Off on Judge 22nd Writer’s Digest Awards

“Hattie is a unique book with a gorgeous author voice…. Beautifully rich prose full of emotion. Marketing suggestion: Consider a screenplay.”

Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 2014

Maris Nichols

Posted on November 29th, by anna in reviews. Comments Off on Maris Nichols

“I’ve never read anything quite like HATTIE. The author draws the reader into Hattie’s singular world with deceptively simple but pitch-perfect language. There isn’t an extra word, sentence, character, or detail in this spare but deep rendering of a woman …


nancy mayer

Posted on November 29th, by anna in reviews. Comments Off on nancy mayer

“Hattie” is written in a very inventive way–the structure of the story isn’t linear. . .it meanders just like our inner most thoughts. That is very much in keeping with the most contemporary writers that we’ve been reading in our …


J. McArdle

Posted on November 29th, by anna in reviews. Comments Off on J. McArdle
“Hattie” is a touching story that immediately draws the reader in with Hattie’s first person recollection of her life events. Hattie lived a life of hardship, abuse and painful tragedies as a wash woman, a loving mother and a wife …

HCC Alumni award highlights Bowen and HATTIE

Posted on May 2nd, by anna in news. Comments Off on HCC Alumni award highlights Bowen and HATTIE
HCC Distinguished Alumni Award @014

HCC Distinguished Alumni Award @014

On May 1st the 2014 Holyoke Community College Distinguished Alumni award dinner was held in the beautiful setting of the Log Cabin in Holyoke MA.  Heartfelt and revealing stories were told about the two …



A charming MA bookstore for a HATTIE reading

Posted on April 6th, by anna in news. Comments Off on A charming MA bookstore for a HATTIE reading
White Square Books

White Square Books

http://youtu.be/Mz1C93QPfcI to experience a bit of this reading. What more can an author want than to be surrounded by books, eclectic artwork, an engaged audience and tasty refreshments for a book reading and signing. Thank you Eileen …



Bowen and Grenier honored by HCC with 2014 distinguished alumni awards

Posted on April 1st, by anna in frontpage, news. Comments Off on Bowen and Grenier honored by HCC with 2014 distinguished alumni awards

anna republican articleOn May 1st 2014 Anna Bowen and Patricia Grenier will be acknowledged for their accomplishments with the HCC Distinguished Alumni Award. This event is open to the public and is also a scholarship fundraiser. http://www.masslive.com /living/index.ssf/ 2014/04 /financial_planner…



“HATTIE belongs in Women Studies,” Granby Library Book Club.

Posted on March 15th, by anna in frontpage, news. Comments Off on “HATTIE belongs in Women Studies,” Granby Library Book Club.

Granby Library March 13thAs the author of HATTIE, I was invited to join the Granby Library Book Club on Thursday March 13th. I spent an engaging and enlightening evening with this group of women who expressed how deeply moved they were …



US Review of Books/Eric Hoffer Award

Posted on May 20th, by anna in reviews. Comments Off on US Review of Books/Eric Hoffer Award

Just about as perfect as a book can be, this grabs you from the first word and holds onto your heart right to the last, fateful word. Bowen has created a book that is so fully saturated in the voice