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Author Makes Posthumous Debut / Nick Ehrhardt

Author Makes Posthumous Debut

This month, Virginia author Wendi Kaufman makes her literary debut with the release of Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories. Kaufman died of cancer in August, just weeks before her book hit the stands. Kaufman was remembered by friends in the Washington, D.C.-area literary community not only for her talent, but also for her history of nurturing and encouraging the talent she saw in others. Through her writing group, Kaufman advised, mentored and shared her insights with other writers for the last 20 years. In her professional life, Kaufman wrote for The Washingtonian, and in 1997 The New Yorker published her short story Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street.

Kaufman's death put an end to her long career but has not silenced her voice. Her book goes on sale this month, with a blurb by fellow author Caroline Leavitt; a free excerpt is available on her publisher's website,