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Back Home Again Tour with Jean Thompson: North Manchester

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Manchester University

604 E College Ave

North Manchester, IN 46962

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Meet this year's One State / One Story selection author Jean Thompson in North Manchester!

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“But back home, I can look up and down just about any street and there’s people I’m either related to or I’ve known them all my life and my parents have known them and my grandparents knew their grandparents and there’s a comfort in that. I miss it. That’s all I’m saying. Here, it’s like we’re not from anywhere.”

These words, spoken by one of the characters in Jean Thompson’s novel The Year We Left Home, echo the lyrics of one of Indiana’s most recognizable songs, “Back Home Again in Indiana.” Like the song, Jean’s novel, selected by Indiana Humanities for its One State / One Story statewide read in 2020, describes the enduring, uniting power of place—why we choose or are forced to leave and when we decide to come home.

Indiana Humanities is thrilled to bring author Jean Thompson for a three-city “Back Home Again Tour” in October 2020. In Batesville, Kokomo and North Manchester, Jean will be joined by a local moderator for a wide-ranging conversation about The Year We Left Home, her career as an award-winning writer, and the stories of the Midwest.

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Location: Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. A selection of Jean’s books will be for sale and the author will do a book signing immediately following the event at approximately 7:30pm.

This event is free and open to the public, though advance registration is requested.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unclaimed tickets will be released to stand-by 10 minutes before start time.

Thanks to our partners at Manchester University!

ABOUT JEAN THOMPSON

Jean Thompson is a novelist and short-story writer. Her works include the novels A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl, She Poured Out Her Heart, The Humanity Project, The Year We Left Home, City Boy, Wide Blue Yonder, The Woman Driver, and My Wisdom, as well as the short-story collections The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told, Do Not Deny Me, Throw Like a Girl, Who Do You Love (a National Book Award finalist), Little Face and Other Stories, and The Gasoline Wars. Thompson’s short fiction has been published in many magazines and journals, including the New Yorker, and anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Thompson has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other accolades, and has taught creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Reed College, Northwestern University and other colleges and universities. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.

ABOUT ONE STATE / ONE STORY

One State / One Story invites Hoosiers to engage deeply with a book as part of a statewide conversation tied to Indiana Humanities’ current theme, INseparable. In 2020, we’re reading Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home.

ABOUT INDIANA HUMANITIES

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. www.IndianaHumanities.org

Indiana Humanities will make reasonable modifications to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs. If you need an accommodation, please email Claire Mauschbaugh at cmauschbaugh@indianahumanities.org.

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