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Sheila O'Connor in Conversation with Mindy Mejia


CWP faculty member Sheila O'Connor will be in conversation with novelist and MFA '09 alum Mindy Mejia about her new book, Everything You Want Me to BeJoin Mindy and award-winning author and professor Sheila O’Connor as they discuss craft, writing process, and current and future projects.

*Calendar pages will be given out at 9am on February 3rd for the signing portion of this event. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and not guaranteed.


Event Details

O’Connor in Conversation with Mejia 
When:  Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7 PM 
Where: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
 3230 Galleria, Edina 55435

Link to event page at Barnes and Noble.



Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia (MFA '09)

Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Novel, 352 pages
Order the book from Simon & Schuster Books
Author Site: MindyMejia.com  

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront... and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

People’s Best New Books Pick
The Wall Street Journal’s Best New Mysteries
January 2017 Indie Next selection 
2017’s Best Fiction Books from Bustle 

Read more about the book here.


About Sheila O'Connor

Sheila O'Connor is the author of four novels: Keeping Safe the Stars, Sparrow RoadTokens of Grace, and Where No Gods CameWhere No Gods Came won the Michigan Literary Prize and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Sparrow Road was the recipient of the International Reading Award, and Keeping Safe the Stars was honored with the Midwest Booksellers Award. Her books have been included on Best Books of the Year by Booklist, VOYA, Book Page, Bank Street, Chicago Public Library, and others.

Visit her website at sheilaoconnor.com.