TCR Guest Author Series Reading featuring Michel Stone

Book Title: Border Child (Nan A. Talese, Doubleday)
Date & Time: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018; 11:30 a.m.
Location: CN-2240 (Student Center) Perimeter College’s Clarkston Campus

About Border Child: Young lovers Hector and Lilia dreamed of a brighter future for their family in the United States. Hector left Mexico first, to secure work and housing, but when Lilia, desperate to be with Hector, impetuously crossed the border, with their infant daughter, Alejandra, mother and child were separated. Alejandra disappeared. Now, four years later, the family has a chance to reunite, but the trauma of the past may well be permanent. In luminous, compassionate prose, Michel Stone drops readers into the whirlwind of the contemporary immigrant experience, where a marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation.

About Michel Stone: Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (Doubleday, 2017) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. Border Child has been favorably reviewed by The San Francisco Chronicle, Charleston Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, and Kirkus (starred review) among many others, and was recently favorably mentioned in The New Yorker. Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a master’s degree from Converse College, and an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Currently, Stone serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Wofford College, and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. More information about Michel Stone can be found on her Website.

In Michel’s Own Words: My primary interest in writing my novels is to examine the power of familial love and family dynamics, and how those dynamics change under hardship. Love, struggle, commitment, sacrifice, pain, joy, parenthood, and childhood are universal concepts. . . .When I was a young mother, I had an encounter with a Mexican couple on a South Carolina farm. They confided in me that they’d crossed the border into the U.S. from Mexico without proper papers and that they’d handed over their infant to a paid smuggler who specialized in crossing with babies. They reunited with their baby son in Texas. Their story haunted me and was the catalyst for my ever-growing intrigue with the topic of border crossings, particularly from the humanities perspective. The hows and whys gripped me. I have much less interest in the politics of the border. I’ve always been interested in the human story.

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This reading is free and open to the public. Faculty members from the English department are strongly encouraged to bring their classes. For more information, contact Alicia Johanneson: ajohanneson@gsu.edu or 678.891.3275. To request disability accommodations at this event, please contact University Events Management at events@gsu.edu or 404.413.1377 with your request. Please provide your name and the event’s name, date, and sponsor when making your request.

The Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series connects the strong, vibrant, and diverse literary community The Chattahoochee Review has built over the course of its 37-year history to Perimeter College students with the intent that these students will have a greater opportunity to engage with real-world writers who can better shape their writing and understanding of literature in all of its forms.

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