Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture at 7 p.m. FREE
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
Join Author Ann Weisgarber as she discusses her second book The Promise, which takes readers to the beginning of the 20th century and the great Galveston hurricane of 1900 – seen from the point of view of those living on the island but who are outsiders of the city. The Promise was inspired by a dilapidated house and an interview Weisgarber conducted while writing articles for a Galveston magazine. While talking to small business owners on the west end of the island, she discovered outsiders of the city had largely been left out of most accounts of the storm, and she wanted to tell their stories. “Their lives mattered. They had hopes and plans for the future, they knew joy and heartbreak, they had loved and cried, and on September 8, 1900, the day of the hurricane, they fought to save their lives and the lives of those they loved,” said Weisgarber. Through research she learned more about those who lived in the area and became inspired to share their lives through this historical fiction novel of love, loss, pain, and struggle.
The Promise was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction; the first finalist for the Spur Award for Best Western Historical Fiction; and a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction. Her debut novel, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers and won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. It was shortlisted for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writer.
A native of Kettering, Ohio, Weisgarber splits her time between Sugar Land and Galveston. She and her husband, Rob, are fans of America’s national parks and visit at least one park a year – the inspiration for her next novel set in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, during the winter of 1887.
The Nancy Farina Lecture Series honors Farina, who was a 20-year employee of Dallas Heritage Village. She served as vice president for development and capital giving for much of her tenure, which ended with her death in 2012.