Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Rachel Hall for a discussion and interview about her book Heirlooms.
Heirlooms begins in the French seaside city of Saint-Malo, in 1939, and ends in the American Midwest in 1989. In these linked stories, the war reverberates through four generations of a Jewish family. Inspired by the author’s family stories as well as extensive research, Heirlooms explores assumptions about love, duty, memory and truth.
Rachel Hall grew up in Columbia, Missouri. Her short stories and essays have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Fifth Wednesday and New Letters, which awarded her the Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction. She has received other honors and awards from Lilith, Glimmer Train, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Ragdale, the Ox-Bow School of the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.Hall is a Professor of English in the creative writing program at the State University of New York at Geneseo where she holds the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Hall’s French mother and grandparents survived the Holocaust in hiding. Her family’s wartime papers and photographs, the inspiration for the stories, were recently donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.