Joan Nockels Wilson with Timothy Nockels & Erika Schickel

An attorney and writer originally from Chicago, who has studied and worked her way around to her present home of Anchorage, Joan Nockels Wilson writes of a quest for justice concerning her brother Timothy in her aptly titled The Book of Timothy: The Devil, My Brother, and Me (Red Hen Press). Joan Nockels Wilson’s ‘pursuit,’ using sisterly love and her legal background as a prosecutor to track down and ultimately confront the Roman Catholic priest who abused her brother Timothy. Along the way, there is also a close reading of St. Paul’s New Testament piece, The Book of Timothy, seeing it as part of the silencing of women within the life of the Church.

“Prosecutor, marathoner, and heartbroken sister Joan Nockels Wilson combines investigatory skills, endurance, and a thirst for answers—possibly even revenge—in a harrowing quest to track down and confront the priest who molested her brother. Wilson’s stunning memoir succeeds on multiple levels, evoking a Chicago childhood steeped in firefighting lore, the Cubs and Catholic ritual, while also transporting us to modern-day Rome and the Vatican, places rich in beauty and hypocrisy. Some books are disturbing, yet should be read regardless. This one equally unnerves and uplifts, using both pathos and dark humor to illuminate the plight of a writer dedicated to family, complex faith, and the tireless pursuit of understanding.”—Andromeda Romano-Lax.

Joining Joan Nockels Wilson tonight will be her brother Timothy, and Erika Schickel, herself the author of the recent memoir, The Big Hurt (Hachette).




The Book of Timothy: The Devil, My Brother, and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597099325
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Published: Boreal Books - November 9th, 2021

The Big Hurt: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306925054
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Published: Hachette Books - August 10th, 2021

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