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Speakers Bureau Catalog

Main Topic: Storytelling
Topic: Creative Writing

Speaker: Karen Gettert Shoemaker


Behind The Meaning of Names

Karen Gettert Shoemaker, the author of the One Book One Nebraska 2016 selection, reads from and discusses the role of family stories and historic research in the writing of her historic novel The Meaning of Names. This presentation includes discussions of World War I, the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, the experiences of immigrants and first-generation Americans in the early 1900s, and the role of men and women in a changing society, as well as the many subjects readers bring to the conversation.


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