An Evening with Bonnie Jo Campbell
An Evening with Bonnie Jo Campbell In-Person
In conversation with Bill Castanier of Lansing's City Pulse.
Event includes discussion and book signing of Campbell's new release The Waters, and reception
On an island in the Great Massasauga Swamp—an area known as “The Waters” to the residents of nearby Whiteheart, Michigan—herbalist and eccentric Hermine “Herself” Zook has healed the local women of their ailments for generations. As stubborn as her tonics are powerful, Herself inspires reverence and fear in the people of Whiteheart, and even in her own three estranged daughters. The youngest—the beautiful, inscrutable, and lazy Rose Thorn—has left her own daughter, eleven-year-old Dorothy “Donkey” Zook, to grow up wild.
Donkey spends her days searching for truths in the lush landscape and in her math books, waiting for her wayward mother and longing for a father, unaware that family secrets, passionate love, and violent men will flood through the swamp and upend her idyllic childhood. Rage simmers below the surface of this divided community, and those on both sides of the divide have closed their doors against the enemy. The only bridge across the waters is Rose Thorn.
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novels Once Upon a River, a National Bestseller, and Q Road. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collections include American Salvage, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Women and Other Animals, which won the AWP prize for short fiction; and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (Autumn 2015). Her story “The Smallest Man in the World” was awarded a Pushcart Prize and her story “The Inventor, 1972” as awarded the 2009 Eudora Welty Prize from Southern Review. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
Cosponsored by the MSU Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Cultures
- Monday, February 19, 2024
- 5:00pm - 7:00pm
- Time Zone:
- Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
- Green Room (Main Library, 4 West)