This reading is free and open to the public.
Kim van Alkemade is the author of the historical novel Orphan # 8. Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak.
Van Alkemade spent eight years writing Orphan # 8. Her research grew from an interest in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York, where her grandfather and uncles grew up. The inspiration for her novel specifically came from a motion she found made by orphanage directors in 1920 for the purchase of wigs for children who had been used for radiation experiments.
She holds a BA in English and History and an MA and PhD in English. Alkemade lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and is a writing professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information.