Bloomsbury Books in Ashland will feature author talks by novelists Anna Quinn, author of “The Night Child,” and Jennifer Haupt, who penned “In The Shadow of 10,000 Hills,” this Monday, June 25.
Quinn is a resident of Port Townsend, Washington, and is a longtime writer and teacher who also owns and operates The Writers’ Workshoppe and The Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend. She has led writers workshops all over the country for more than three decades, but “The Night Child” is her first published novel. The book is billed as “a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.” The novel revolves around a high school English teacher who begins to suffer from hallucinations of a young girl’s face during her waking life. She turns to neurology and psychotherapy in an attempt to uncover the source of the hallucinations. The novel explores the impact of childhood trauma and the line between history and the present day. It has been described by New York Times best selling author, Garth Stein, as a “must-read”. Quinn is in the middle of a national book tour that includes Bloomsbury as a stopping point.
Jennifer Haupt has been a journalist for 25 years with an emphasis in her writing that has dealt primarily with depression and grief in women. She has been widely published in such publications as The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, The Seattle Times, Spirituality & Health, The Sun, and many others. Haupt grew up in a large Jewish community in Wisconsin, and is now based in Seattle. She has traveled extensively and has visited Africa on numerous occasions, and her new novel is based on her experiences as a journalist in Rwanda in 2006 — about a decade after the Rwandan Genocide — where she journeyed into the rural provinces and interviewed local people, many in churches and schools, about their shared trauma and history during the decimation of the Tutsi people at the hands of the Hutu government. Haupt, who has also visited the Dachau concentration camp where many of her relatives were murdered during the Shoah, felt a deep connection with the persecuted people of the region.
“In The Shadow of 10,000 Hills” has been described by luminary American author Wally Lamb as “an intricate and moving tale of family and culture, of conflict and love, and of the challenges of healing after unthinkable loss ...(t)old with remarkable compassion and grace.”
“The Night Child” is published in hardcover by Blackstone Publishing, a component of Blackstone Audio, an Ashland-based company founded in 1987 by Craig Black. “In The Shadow of 10,000 Hills” is published in paperback by Central Avenue Publishing, an independent publishing group based in Chicago.
Bloomsbury Books is an independent bookstore that has been based in Ashland since 1980. Operating outside of the contemporary commercial bookseller market, the store does not take money from publishers for priority placement of books or any additional special considerations, and as such believes itself to be more objective in what it offers to its reading audiences.
Both authors will be at the bookstore at 290 East Main St. in Ashland, from 7 p.m. onward, and will read extracts from their new novels. After the reading, thy will engage in a question-and-answer session with audience members.
Ashland resident Jeffrey Gillespie is a Tidings columnist, arts reviewer and freelance writer. Email him at email@example.com.