Fact, Fiction, Or Both? Group Reading and Conversation Featuring: Erica Bauermeister, Jennifer Haupt, Anna Quinn, Jennie Shortridge
Join us for a panel discussion and readings from four authors who write fiction and memoir (sometimes simultaneously). They’ll discuss crossing the fine lines between memory and imagination, fact and story, novel and memoir, as well as read from their latest books and works in progress.
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients. She will be reading and discussing two soon-to-be-published works, The Scent Keeper (St. Martins, May 2019) a coming of age novel set in remote British Columbia, and House Lessons, memoir-in-essays about renovating a house in Port Townsend, WA.
Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006 and returned to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel exploring grace when there can be no forgiveness. She’ll be reading from her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills (Central Avenue Publishing) as well as her work-in-progress.
Anna Quinn is the author of The Night Child (Blackston), the story of Nora Brown, a young mother and high-school English teacher, whose unremembered childhood trauma returns to threaten her sanity, family and career. Informed by Quinn's personal history, The Night Child examines the fragile line between past and present, as well as the persistent attempts of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.
Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, each of which employs at least a few details from her life. She'll be reading from the most autobiographical of these, Riding With the Queen, and from a memoir-in-progress, both centered largely on surviving the tumultuous relationship with her mother, who suffered from mental illness and addiction.