Lindenwood University will host historical fiction writers TaraShea Nesbit and Shena McAuliffe Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 7 to 8:00 p.m. in Harmon Hall on the St. Charles campus, room 136, as they share their insights on transmitting truth through fiction and making fictive lives feel real on the page. The event is part of the university’s MFA in Writing program’s Craft Talk Series.
Nesbit’s book, The Wives of Los Alamos, a New York Times Editor's Choice and Amazon Best Book of the Month explores the insular lives of the wives of the scientists who built the atomic bomb in the New Mexican desert during WWII. Nesbit's work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Collagist, Fourth Genre, and other journals. She is on the faculty at Miami University in Ohio.
McAuliffe’s book, The Good Echo, rooted in research on a forward-thinking yet flawed dentist of the 1930s, opens in the voice of a ghost child, telling the story of his mother and father. McAuliffe's short stories and essays have nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in various journals as well as in the Best American Short Stories anthologies. She is on the faculty at Union College in New York.
The event is free and open to the public. Event co-sponsor Left Bank Books will have books available for purchase and for the authors to sign.
(Directions: From 70, travel south on Kingshighway. Cross First Capitol Drive and enter campus by turning left on Watson Street, a small road at the northern edge of the old campus. On Watson Street, pass the first left into campus. Drive 0.1 miles and take the second left into campus. Harmon Hall is on the right, down the hill. Turn right and right again into the Harmon parking lot. Parking is available in front of Harmon Hall. Signs will be posted to mark the route.)