A discussion and book signing with author Allison Pataki will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Putnam History Museum.

Allison Pataki
Allison Pataki

Join Pataki to discuss her new historical novel, The Traitor’s Wife, which tells the story of Benedict Arnold and his wife, Peggy Shippen Arnold, and their ignominious attempt to sell the fort at West Point to the British during the Revolutionary War. Socialite Shippen is half Benedict Arnold’s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride’s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British.

Pataki grew up in the Hudson Valley, in the same neighborhood where Benedict and Peggy Arnold once lived. Pataki attended Yale University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. She spent several years writing for television and digital news outlets prior to transitioning to fiction. She was inspired to write The Traitor’s Wife, now a New York Times Bestseller, based on the rich Revolutionary War history of her hometown in the Hudson Highlands. The Traitor’s Wife is her first novel.

This is a special event and seating will be limited. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at traitorswife.eventbrite.com. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event. For questions call 845-265-4010 or email [email protected].

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