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OPL to host Author, IHCC Grad

By Nick Davis, November 03, 2016

The Ottumwa Public Library is happy to announce that they will host a visit from author, Bloomfield native, and IHCC graduate Kali VanBaale on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10am.  The presentation will take place in the meeting room at the library.

Kali VanBaale’s debut novel, The Space Between earned an American Book Award, the Independent Publisher’s silver medal for general fiction, and the Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novel Award. She is also the recipient of a State of Iowa Arts Council major project artist grant. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Milo Review, Northwind Literary, The Writer and several anthologies.

The Good Divide is in the lush countryside of Wisconsin and Jean Krenshaw is the ideal 1960’s dairy farm wife. She cooks, sews, raises children, and plans an annual July 4th party for friends and neighbors. But when her brother-in-law Tommy, who lives next door, marries leery newcomer Liz, Jean is forced to confront a ten-year-old family secret involving the unresolved death of a young woman.

With stark and swift prose, The Good Divide explores one woman’s tortured inner world, and the painful choices that have divided her life, both past and present, forever.

Kali earned an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a faculty member in the Lindenwood University MFA in Creative Writing Program. She lives outside Des Moines with her husband and three children.

Refreshments will be served.

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