Alida Durham Clemans
May 2, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting an Author Meet & Greet for Westfield native Alida Durham Clemans on
Saturday May 2nd from 2:00-4:00 PM. Her debut middle-grade novel Until the Ocean Freezes tells the story of
Eliza “Lizzy” Zander, a sensitive redhead and aspiring artist. For Lizzy, being almost twelve is tough enough. Two
things make the summer before she starts sixth grade even harder: her family moves away from the only home she
has ever known, and her father's multiple sclerosis gets worse. At first, Lizzy struggles to cope with feelings of
anxiety, anger, and loneliness. Then she meets Cassandra, a captivating girl with no shortage of confidence or
mystery. When Lizzy’s dad’s health takes a scary turn, she needs both her family and new friendships to help her figure out where in this crazy world she belongs.
Alida Durham Clemans grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and holds a degree in English and journalism from the State University of New York at Albany. A professional writer and editor for many years, she decided in 2018 to pursue a career as a children’s author. When she’s not writing kid lit, she works as a writer for a private school in New York City, where she lives. Until the Ocean Freezes was inspired by Alida’s own family and their experiences with disability. Her husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before their two children (who are young adults now) were born. Although they grew up surrounded by lots of love, their dad’s illness definitely shaped their lives.
Until the Ocean Freezes features a cover by Vermont artist Lisa Myers, who also grew up in Westfield, and a selection of black and white line drawings, representative of the character Lizzy’s own art, by the author’s sister and former Westfield resident, Shantih E. Clemans.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of Until the Ocean Freezes.