Join author Abigail DeWitt, in conversation with longtime OSU creative writing professor and author Michelle Herman, at the launch of her historical novel, News of Our Loved Ones. Set in France and America, story is a haunting and intimate examination of love and loss, beauty and the cost of survival, witnessed through two generations of one French family, whose lives are all touched by the tragic events surrounding the D-Day bombings in Normandy. Moving back and forth in time, told from varying points of view, News of Our Loved Ones explores the way family histories are shared and illuminates the power of storytelling to understand the past and who we are.
Abigail DeWitt is the author of two other novels: LILI (WW Norton) and DOGS (Lorimer Press). Her short fiction has appeared in Five Points, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has been cited in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, nominated for a Pushcart, and has received grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the McColl Center for the Arts, and the Michener Society.
Michelle Herman is a novelist, essayist, and columnist for Slate. A longtime professor in the creative writing program at The Ohio State University, her most recent books are Devotion, a novel, and Like A Song, a collection of essays.