Join us for a conversation with Paula McLain, author of “When the Stars Go Dark.”
A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?
Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When overwhelming tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.
Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives–and our faith in one another.
Please join us for a reading by multi-genre writer Kazim Ali, and a conversation between Ali and Amherst College Visiting Writer Thirii Myint. Ali’s books include several volumes of poetry, novels, essays, and translations. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books include a collection of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water.
“Much of what the poet has presented to us is painful, yes, but it is also beautiful in how it uses voice as a symbol for continued imagination. Altogether, The Voice of Sheila Chandra is both an excavation and compilation of our survival.” – NPR
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Nick Gardner holds an MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University. His book of poetry, So Marvelously Far, which tracks his addiction to opioids and the following years of recovery was published by Crisis Chronicles Press. He lives in Mansfield, Ohio.
Couri Johnson is a graduate of the North Eastern Ohio Master of Fine Arts, currently attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for a Ph.D. in Creative Writing. She primarily writes fabulistic fiction and works with fairy tale motifs to explore issues between intimacy and identity. Her short story collection, I’ll Tell You a Love Story, is available through Bridge Eight Press.
Join us for a fiction reading, followed by an open mic. Watch on Facebook Live or register for the Zoom room here: https://tinyurl.com/uen8vumj
Nicole Burdge is a medical scientist and fiction writer whose story, “Lost in Transformation,” was featured in The Masters Review’s New Voices series. She is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio MFA program, a lifelong reader and writer who has a hard drive full of unpublished projects. She lives with her husband and dog in Akron, where she is writing a novel that she is confident will finally land her a book deal.
Michael Credico is the author of Heartland Calamitous (Autumn House Press) which was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection and The 2021 Story Prize. His fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Hobart, New Ohio Review, NOÖ Journal, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and others. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. His website is www.michaelcredico.com.