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Author Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Date, Location

    • Wednesday, July 6, 2011
    • Reception: 4:30 pm - 6 pm, Michigan News Agency
    • Reading/Q&A: 7 pm, Central Library (Free ticket required*)

    World Premiere: Once Upon a River

    Celebrate the release of Once Upon a River with Bonnie Jo Campbell. A 2009 finalist for both the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for her short story collection, American Salvage, Bonnie Jo’s earning extravagant praise for her acclaimed new novel, rich with a cast of unforgettable characters.

    Critics compare Margo Crane, her mythic heroine who Jaimy Gordon describes as “an outcast, feral beauty,” to Sacagawea or Huck Finn in her struggle to survive along the fictitious Stark River, after being abandoned by her mother, then orphaned by her father’s tragic death.

    In a starred review, Booklist proclaims Once Upon a River “A dramatic and rhapsodic American odyssey...as intricately meshed with the natural life of the river as a myth. ...From killing and skinning game to falling in with outlaws and finding refuge with kind if irascible strangers, Margo’s earthy education and the profound complexities of her timeless dilemmas are exquisitely rendered and mesmerizingly suspenseful. A glorious novel destined to entrance and provoke.”

    Copies of Once Upon a River available to purchase at both locations. Bonnie Jo will sign books during the reception and following the reading.

    * Ticket required due to limited seating. Free tickets may be picked up at Central Library starting at 6:15 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Ticket holders must be seated by 7 pm. Empty seats will be filled by anyone still waiting for admittance after that time.