Author Deni Ellis Béchard will return to Misericordia University to discuss and read passages from his new novel, "Into the Sun," on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.
Béchard is the author of the non-fiction book, "Of Bonobos and Men." He will discuss his second novel, "Into the Sun," which is described as "an unrelenting and daring masterpiece about war, the quest for understanding after tragedy, and the power of human yearning for connection" in a review by Jesse Goolsby.
The mystery-thriller is set against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan, and takes readers from Kabul to Louisiana, Maine, Quebec and Dubai to explore the psyche of those who flock to warzones – journalists, mercenaries and aid workers. The reading is open, free to the public. A book signing session will follow.
Brian Carso, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor of history and government, is coordinating the visit. "Deni Béchard writes from the experience of a journalist who has experienced life in more than 60 countries," said Dr. Carso. "In 'Into the Sun,' he takes us across an assortment of boundaries to better understand the hidden places of the world and the human experience within them. We are privileged to have him come to campus to meet with students and the community."
Béchard has travelled throughout the world, and as part of his research for "Into the Sun," he spent eight months living in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A seasoned journalist, Béchard is also the author of the novels "Vandal Love," which received the 2007 Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book and was selected for Oprah's Book Club's summer reading list; "Cures for Hunger," a 2012 memoir about growing up with a father who robbed banks, and "Of Bonobos and Men" that won the 2015 Nautilus Book Award for investigative journalism. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Pacific Standard, The Harvard Review and Foreign Policy, and he has reported from Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Colombia and the Congo.
Béchard was born in British Columbia and has since lived throughout Canada and the United States. He holds degrees from Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont; Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, and the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
For additional information on the Béchard reading and discussion session, please contact Dr. Carso at email@example.com or (570) 674-6395.