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AADL Talks To Local Author Karen Simpson

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:33pm


Back in 1996, [|Karen Simpson] learned of a Klan rally that had taken place in her home town. During the course of the event, when violence threatened a white man wearing a confederate t-shirt, a young African-American woman protected him by placing herself between the man and the mob. This story haunted Karen and inspired her to write her debut novel [b:1382144|Act of Grace]. Here, Karen shares with us her process, her influences and what it’s like being a published author after spending ten years working on a novel.

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What an intriguing back story. I've added the book to my wishlist. This might be a good book club read as well.




I always find this kind of story heartening. It reminds me of the Muslims who formed human shields around Coptic churches earlier this year. What a wonderful and powerful reminder of our common humanity; I'll certainly take a look at the novel.

This talk sounds of the personal integrity of the author, a friend of mine. I will listen to this skillful interview often. Thank you AADL for this excellent form of outreach. Katherine Posselt, a former AADL employee and author