Ann Saville is a native of England. She was a registered nurse there before emigrating to America with her physician husband and first child in 1958. She became a citizen of the U.S. in 1964. She and her husband have raised five children, four boys and one girl, while living in New York City, Omaha, and finally Charleston, West Virginia where they have lived since 1975. She has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Morris Harvey College and has done graduate work at Ohio University in experimental psychology.
Ann used to perform first person portrayals of Eleanor Roosevelt. She began researching the life and times of Eleanor Roosevelt in January, 1991 at the request of the West Virginia Humanities Council which was then developing a statewide Chautauqua program. Ann has done presentations of Eleanor Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio as well as in all parts of West Virginia. It has become an avocation for her because of her admiration for Eleanor and because there is so much to know about this remarkable 20th Century woman. Ann has visited the Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York several times for primary source material and has read nearly all the secondary source material on the Roosevelts.
Ann has also been active in community theater groups for twenty years. She is an avid gardener and reader. In 1995, Ann became a bookseller as well as a reader. She purchased and rehabilitated an historic building in downtown Charleston that now houses her newest enterprise,Taylor Books – a full service bookstore, espresso bar and art gallery. Ann serves on the board of Charleston Renaissance, a group responsible for the revitalization of the old business district at the heart of Charleston.
Taylor Books reflects this progress and fills Ann’s time.