Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Award-winning nonfiction writer Inara Verzemnieks, who teaches creative nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, is here with a powerful family memoir, Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe (W.W. Norton). This is a book with roots in the author’s ancestral home of Latvia, and also here in Washington, where she grew up, raised by her grandparents.
“Verzemnieks does not shirk from confronting the extremities of human behavior; but she also gives us the rich textures of a world in which poetic mythology coexists with sophisticated modernity, the dead mingle with the living, and the hardships of a traumatic past are countered by the strength of memory and of lasting attachments.” — Eva Hoffman.
“An exquisite book for the ages as it unfolds from its first mysterious sentence into a masterpiece about war, survival, memory, and, most movingly of all, human need.” — David Finkel.