Join us for a reading and discussion with Jennifer Haupt, author of In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills. The discussion will be moderated by Seattle Times reporter Claudia Rowe, a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of the haunting true crime memoir, The Spider and the Fly.
In 1968, a disillusioned Lillian Carlson left Atlanta after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. She found meaning in the hearts of orphaned children in Rwanda and cobbled together her own small orphanage in the Rift Valley. Three decades later, in New York City, Rachel Shepherd, lost and heartbroken herself, embarks on a journey to find the father who abandoned her, a now-famous photographer. When an online search turns up a clue to his whereabouts, Rachel travels to Rwanda to connect with an unsuspecting and uncooperative Lillian. As Rachel tries to unravel the mystery of her father's disappearance, she finds an unexpected ally in a young Tutsi woman who lived through a profound experience alongside her father. Set amongst the gaping wounds of a healing country, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.
Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006 to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications.
Claudia Rowe is an award-winning journalist who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Currently a staff writer at The Seattle Times, she has published work in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, Women's Day, Yes! and Seattle's alternative weekly, The Stranger. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and the Journalism Center on Children & Families, which awarded her a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.