Wed 6/12 @ 6PM
The nonprofit Adoption Network Cleveland provides information and support for families in the adoption and foster care community. To share these stories with the larger community and raise money for its work, the group is hosting Family Reflections: Authors Share Their Stories at Music Box Supper Club. The event will feature six Cleveland authors who have written works centering on adoption, fostering and kinship care.
Dan Chaon (pictured) has written six novels, all of which encompass the theme of adoption and foster care; he himself was adopted. Paula McLain, who was abandoned, along with her two sisters, by her parents and became a ward of the California courts, wrote the best-seller The Paris Wife, which has been translated in to 34 languages. She’s also written three other novels and a memoir of her experiences in foster care.
Barbara Raymond wrote the nonfiction book The Baby Thief about a woman who popularized but also corrupted adoption by abducting babies; she is also an adoptive parent. Loung Ung wrote a nonfiction memoir First They Killed My Father about her harrowing experience as a child in her native Cambodia, when the Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly 30% of the population. Abby Vandiver has penned four ystery series, one of which features kinship adoption (adoption by family members).
The panel will be moderated by D.M. Pulley, whose historical mysteries feature family secrets and unearthing the past. There will be book signing opportunities, food and drink, and a raffle. Tickets range from $50-$250.