Dr. Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of several novels including White Truffles in Winter and In the Company of Angels. Her extensive research for The Pink Suit resulted in a PhD awarded to her from Bath Spa University in Bath, England. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards including a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, Florida Book Award, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. She is toured and translated worldwide. Her forthcoming novel, A Small History of the Known World, is based on the lives of Mark Twain and his epileptic daughter Jean. Set the day before Christmas Eve, throughout the course of a meal, these two broken mercurial creatures inch towards love, disaster, and the tragic secret of the angels of Venice.

"We were delighted this year to have a renowned author such as Nicole Mary Kelby as the keynote speaker for the opening night of this year's Kennedy Summer School. Nicole did a stunning presentation on " The Elegant Eye: Jackie Kennedy's Modem America." Her talk had the packed theatre enthralled. She is a very strong communicator. Her forensic research skills and her famous literary abilities were apparent in her lengthy but accessible treatment on the impact of Jackie Kennedy and her legacy. The event was the centrepiece of the cultural dimension of our programme, Nicole made it the highlight. There was an extraordinary reaction from all who attended...not only to Nicole's presentation but to her warm nature."
–Noel Whelan, Chair, JFK Trust and political columnist for The Irish Times