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Stories of Exile, Reckoning, and Hope: A Reading by Ruta Sepetys, Julija Sukys, and Inara Verzemnieks
Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.
June 3, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: White Plaza, Birdcage Stage - Map Link
This open-air celebration of literature will feature three prominent writers who have explored themes of Baltic exile, reckoning, and hope in their work. Ruta Sepetys is the author of the riveting novel Between Shades of Gray, which deals with one Lithuanian family’s harrowing journey to Siberia and their daily struggle for survival in a labor camp. Julija Šukys uses letters, documents, and oral histories to weave together a compelling portrait of her Lithuanian grandparents in Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning. In her poetic memoir, Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe, Inara Verzemnieks writes about her visit to the Latvian village of her predecessors, exploring the tragic consequences of war and exile.
The event takes place as part of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University and is sponsored by Stanford Libraries.
Ruta Sepetys’ latest novel, Salt to the Sea, was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Literature. Her second novel, Out of the Easy, became a New York Times bestseller, as did Between Shades of Gray. The latter was turned into a film, Ashes in the Snow, which will be screened at the conference after this literary reading.
Julija Sukys is an assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she teaches the writing of creative nonfiction. In addition to Siberian Exile, she is the author of Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaite, which won the 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature, and Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout.
Inara Verzemnieks is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop. A Pushcart Prize winner and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, she has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her feature writing.