Join us on January 6th at 6:30 PM for New Hampshire authors Sandell Morse and L. Annette Binder as they discuss their new books The Spiral Shell and The Vanishing Sky.
The Spiral Shell is a double journey, one inward as the author come to terms with her own Jewish identity, and one outward as she uncovers long silenced stories of resistance and collaboration during WW2 among villagers in Auvillar, a village in south west France.
The Vanishing Sky tells the story of a German family in a village in Germany at the end of the Second World War. The story is inspired by events in the author’s family history.
From this seemingly unlikely pairing for an event, a memoirist writing from a Jewish point of view, a novelist writing from a German point of view, we discover remarkably similar sensibilities about war and the effects of war on ordinary people.
Sandell Morse’s nonfiction has been noted in The Best American Essays series and published in Creative Nonfiction, Ploughshares, the New England Review, Fourth Genre ASCENT, Solstice, and Tiferet among others. She has won the Michael Steinberg essay prize, been nominated for Best of the Net, and two Pushcart Prizes. She holds degrees from Wilson College, Dartmouth College, and the University of New Hampshire.
Annette was born in Germany and immigrated to the US as a small child. Her short story collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Literature. Her fiction has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, One Story, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, and others, and has been performed on Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. Annette holds degrees from Harvard, Berkeley and the University of California at Irvine.