Writers & Books 2014 If All of Rochester Read the Same Book, Hosted by the Penfield Public Library. Recorded by Penfield TV, March 19, 2014 at 7 PM.
After much deliberation of some very fine books indeed, Writers & Books selected the title for the 2014 ”If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” program: the 2012 novel The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The novel follows a childless couple homesteading in Alaska in 1920 that one day playfully creates a child out of snow. When a mysterious and secretive little girl appears out of the woods the next day, their lives are changed forever.
About Eowyn Ivey - BIO
Eowyn (pronounced A-o-win) LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
The Snow Child is Eowyn’s debut novel. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in London’s Observer Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday Express Magazine, Woman & Home Magazine, the anthology Cold Flashes, the North Pacific Rim literary journal Cirque, FiveChapters, and Alaska Magazine.
Prior to her career as a bookseller at Fireside Books and novelist, Eowyn worked for nearly a decade as an award-winning reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper. Her weekly articles about her outdoor adventures earned her the Best Non-Daily Columnist award from the Alaska Press Club.
Eowyn earned her BA in journalism and creative writing through Western Washington University’s honors program and studied creative nonfiction in University of Alaska Anchorage’s graduate program. She is a contributor to the blog 49Writers and a founding member of Alaska’s first statewide writing center.
The Snow Child is informed by Eowyn’s life in Alaska. Her husband is a fishery biologist with the state of Alaska. While they both work outside of the home, they are also raising their daughters in the rural, largely subsistence lifestyle in which they were both raised.
As a family, they harvest salmon and wild berries, keep a vegetable garden, turkeys and chickens, and they hunt caribou, moose, and bear for meat. Because they don’t have a well and live outside any public water system, they haul water each week for their holding tank and gather rainwater for their animals and garden. Their primary source of home heat is a woodstove, and they harvest and cut their own wood.
These activities are important to Eowyn’s day-to-day life as well as the rhythm of her year.
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