Please join us via Zoom for a virtual conversation and reading with local author Dawn Newton. Dawn will discuss how we all seek to manage the remnants of our lives and how writing can often help us make them whole. She encourages attendees to have paper and pen ready for pop-up writing prompts during the talk.
Set in a working-class neighborhood, The Remnants of Summer is a story of how collective grief and personal guilt threaten the individuals who make up a family. As Iris sifts through the images of the past, she wrestles with waves of guilt and responsibility, acceptance and forgiveness. Surrounded by the gentle rhythms of a Michigan summer, she endeavors to rise up and become visible once again.
Dawn Newton is the author of Winded, which details her journey with stage IV lung cancer. She was trained as a fiction writer and received scholarships to attend Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University. Dawn has taught composition and creative writing at several colleges and in K–12 classrooms in Virginia and Michigan. Her essays, poems, and short stories have been published in various literary magazines. She has three grown children—Rachel, Connor, and Nathaniel—and lives with her husband, Tim, and their dog, Clover, in East Lansing, Michigan.