NWS Presents an Evening with Bonnie Jo Campbell
Presented in Partnership with the Interlochen Center for the Arts
The National Writers Series is excited to bring Bonnie Jo Campbell, one of Michigan’s most highly acclaimed authors, to the Milliken Auditorium stage to discuss her new novel, “The Waters.” Our guest host is author Anne-Marie Oomen, recipient of the Michigan Author Award from the Library of Michigan, honoring her long and accomplished career.
“The Waters” takes place on an island in the Great Massasauga Swamp—an area known as “The Waters” to the residents of nearby Whiteheart, Michigan. It’s where herbalist 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 daughters. Her youngest is the beautiful and inscrutable Rose Thorn, who left her own daughter, eleven-year-old Dorothy “Donkey” Zook, to grow up wild in the swamp.
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.
With a “ruthless and precise eye for the details of the physical world” (New York Times Book Review), Bonnie Jo Campbell presents an elegant antidote to the dark side of masculinity, celebrating the resilience of nature and the brutality and sweetness of rural life.
This event will be held in the Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum, 1140 College Drive, on the Northwestern Michigan College campus in Traverse City. Please note: This is not a bundled ticket event.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music. The conversation starts at 7 p.m. and includes a Q&A. Bonnie Jo will personalize books after the event, which will be discounted at 20%.
General Admission: $20
Livestream Tickets: $12