Author Event: The Crime of Being with Alice Lichtenstein

calendar icon July 23, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The library will host seasonal Surry resident and author Alice Lichtenstein to share from her new Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, “The Crime of Being.”

On a Good Friday in a picturesque village in Upstate New York, the spring weather is unusually warm and school is closed. It’s an ideal day for tanning and partying in the park until Shawnee Padrushky, age 17, drives up in his dad’s new pick-up and comes out shooting with one victim in mind–Gunther Smith–the only black student in Shawnee’s class, the adopted son of white parents.

The Crime of Being explores the effects of a racial incident–how it divides a seemingly homogenous community over the course of a summer and exposes its dark secrets. Tarred by the media as “the most racist town in America,” the people of Liberty face tangled questions of whether racism or insanity were at the root of a white teenager’s violent assault of his black classmate, and whether the community as a whole can be implicated?

Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction, the Barbara Demming Memorial Award for Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. She lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction-writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine.

This event is co-sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Books. It is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Location: Howard Room
Event Type: Library-sponsored Adult Event
Registration: No
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