Where Angels Lived Book Discussion
Friday, December 11, 2020
Professor Emeritus Margaret McMullan joins us to discuss the history and research behind her award-winning novel Where the Angels Lived.
The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage. After reaching Pécs, a Hungarian town both small and primarily Christian, Margaret realizes right then and there how difficult her mission is going to be.
Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, and the memoir, Where The Angels Lived, winner of the 2020 Nonfiction Mississippi Arts and Letters Award and now in a new 2nd edition. Margaret’s young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and Sources of Light have received best book awards from Parents’ Choice, School Library Journal, the American Library Association, and Booklist among other educational organizations.
Margaret’s essays have appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Herald, Glamour, The Millions, The Morning Consult, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Montréal Review, National Geographic for Kids, Southern Accents, Mississippi Magazine, and other periodicals. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Deep South Magazine, StorySouth, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Other Voices, Boulevard, The Arkansas Review, Southern California Anthology, and The Sun among other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a National Endowment of Arts Fellowship in literature and a Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, Margaret has served as a MFA faculty at Converse College and Stony Brook Southampton in New York where she also taught on the summer faculty. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where she lives with her husband, filmmaker, Patrick O’Connor.
This virtual event is free and donations are gladly accepted.
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