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Biography

Clara Silverstein (photo by Betsy Bassett)

Clara Silverstein is the author of five published books, a blogger about historic recipes at heritagerecipebox.com, and a long-time writer in the Boston area. She has taught at Grub Street, Inc., consulted with individual writers, and worked with young adults as a tutor and at the Books of Hope literacy empowerment program. From 2008 to 2017, she directed the Chautauqua Writers' Center, which sponsors creative writing workshops and author programs at the Chautauqua Institution.

Clara's newest book, the novel Secrets in a House Divided (Mercer University Press) is set in Richmond, Virginia as Civil War battles encircle the city. The story explores the relationships between masters and slaves, husbands and wives, parents and children, as the Civil War drives them to a flash point. Though the story is set in the past, its focus on the roots of racism resonates today.

Clara’s memoir White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation (University of Georgia Press) was released in paperback in 2013. It chronicles her experiences as a white child bused to predominantly African American schools in the 1970s under a court desegregation order in Richmond. She has spoken about this experience to educational groups around the country, participated in dialogues about race, and interviewed others about their experiences during busing.

Clara has published three cookbooks. A White House Garden Cookbook (Red Rock Press), The Boston Chef’s Table (Globe Pequot Press), and The New England Soup Factory Cookbook co-authored with Chef Marjorie Druker (Thomas Nelson), a top seller in the soup and stew category on amazon.com.

A journalist for more than 20 years, Clara has published articles in Health magazine, Prevention, Runner's World, American Heritage, and the Boston Globe. Formerly a food writer at the Boston Herald daily newspaper, Clara for 13 years informed readers about the city’s chefs, restaurants, and food trends. She also contributed to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Her essays have been broadcast on NPR's "All Things Considered" and her poems and creative non-fiction pieces have been published in many literary journals.

Clara has a M.A. in History and works at a museum that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. She and her husband live near Boston and are the parents of two children.