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Book Launch Details Announced for Sheila O'Connor's Latest Novel


The Hamline Creative Writing Programs would like to invite you to the following events celebrating the release of Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions by creative writing professor Sheila O'Connor: 

Saturday, October 26, 7:00 pm: Minneapolis launch reading at Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm: Saint Paul launch reading at Next Chapter Booksellers
38 Snelling Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55105 

Sheila will be joined by fabulous writers Sun Yung Shin, Joe Horton (MFA '11), and Mona Susan Power.

About the book from the publisher, Rose Metal Press:

In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, including family secrets, documents from the era, and a thin, fragmentary case file unsealed by the court, novelist Sheila O’Connor tells the riveting story of V, a talented fifteen-year-old singer in 1930s Minneapolis who aspires to be a star. Drawing on the little-known American practice of incarcerating adolescent girls for “immorality” in the first half of the twentieth century, O’Connor follows young V from her early work as a nightclub entertainer to her subsequent six-year state school sentence for an unplanned pregnancy. As V struggles to survive within a system only nominally committed to rescue and reform, she endures injustices that will change the course of her life and the lives of her descendants. Inspired by O’Connor’s research on her unknown maternal grandmother and the long-term effects of intergenerational trauma, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions is a poignant excavation of familial and national history that remains disturbingly relevant—a harrowing story of exploitation and erasure, and the infinite ways in which girls, past and present, are punished for crimes they didn’t commit. O’Connor’s collage novel offers an engaging balance between illuminating a shameful and hidden chapter of American history and captivating the reader with the vivid and unforgettable character of V.  

Praise for V:

"With grace and aplomb, Sheila O'Connor's Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions shines a bright literary light on a dark page of American history. To every 'tuff' girl, to every girl who ran wild or got in trouble, to every girl who had to make her own way or raise herself, and to every adult who ever knew such a girl, O'Connor's new novel is for you. O'Connor tells the story of her grandmother V, institutionalized for her sexuality. When our power is too great, when shaming doesn't work, when they don't know what else to do, they lock us up. V is our grandmother, our auntie, our long-ago sister, and defiant best friend. V is us." - Maureen Gibbon, author of Paris Red

 Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions will be released on October 15, 2019. Preorder HERE.