Despite dementia taking its toll on Shakespeare scholar John Wilson’s memory, he believes he still has important work to do. When his estranged daughter pays him a reluctant visit, that work takes an unexpected—and even more urgent—turn. Hegland, author of critically acclaimed Into the Forest, offers us a deeply moving novel about memory, Shakespeare’s green worlds, and the gift of second chances. Admission is free but all donations are gratefully invited. There will be selected readings, a Q&A, followed by book sales and signing. Refreshments will be offered for sale. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.
Jean Hegland is the author of three novels as well as a book of creative nonfiction, The Life Within: Celebration of a Pregnancy.
Her first novel, Into the Forest, was a BookSense Reading Group Pick, a Readers’ Choice Book Club Favorite, and a Book of the Month Club alternative selection. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, adopted for a number of campus- and community-wide reading programs, and adapted as a film starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.
Her second novel, Windfalls, is described by Midwest Book Review as “a profound look at motherhood,” while Publishers Weekly calls it “a good prospect for reading groups.”
Early admirers of Jean’s most recent novel, Still Time, include novelist Karen Joy Fowler, eminent linguist and Shakespeare scholar David Crystal, and philosopher, novelist, and National Humanities Medalist Rebecca Goldstein.
Jean is an avid teacher and a frequent presenter at writing workshops and conferences, both in the US and abroad. She lives in the woods west of Healdsburg, where she is always at work on another book.