Library Associates to Present Author Sarah Stonich

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Event Details

Date: October 10, 2017

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall in the Humanities Building on the campus of Augustana.

Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5; children and Augustana students are free.

The Augustana Library Associates presents author Sarah Stonich at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Kresge Recital Hall in the Humanities Center.

Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5; children and Augustana students are free. For information, call the Mikkelsen Library at 605.274.4921.

Stonich will discuss her adventures as an author and share the ways in which reading and writing allow us to discover a common humanity through our life stories.

Sarah Stonich is first and foremost a teller of stories. In her novel, These Granite Islands (2001), translated into eight languages, Stonich explores themes of love, passion, forgiveness, and friendship with clear and concise prose. Similar themes continue in The Ice Chorus (2005) with the added dimension of a setting that lends itself to an Irish-style yarn complete with layers of memories.

Stonich’s memoir, Shelter (2011), is based on a personal longing to recreate the Northwoods experience of her youth. In her Star Tribune review, writer Elizabeth Foy Larsen states, “Stonich’s descriptions of the natural assets of this region are as gorgeous and detailed as a spider’s web at dawn.”

In the novel, Vacationland (2013), Stonich combines the lure of the Northwoods with a near-abandoned lakeside resort, Naledi Lodge, to frame the intersecting stories of those who have spent summers there and, in so doing, become environmental champions. Described as both “funny and serious, the stories ... are razor sharp and populated with a cast of distinct personalities.”

Most recently Stonich introduced her soul-twin, nom de plume, Ava Finch, whose debut Fishing with RayAnne (2015), features a former fishing pro who feels out of her league as host of the first all-woman fishing-talk show on public television. In her alternate “persona” Stonich delivers a laugh-out-loud story anchored by a realization that we need to love our families for who they are while we work to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Sarah StonichAbout the author

Sarah Stonich is author of the critically acclaimed novels Vacationland (Minnesota, 2013), The Ice Chorus, and These Granite Islands (Minnesota, 2013), as well as Fishing with RayAnne (writing as Ava Finch). Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North is available in a paperback edition from University of Minnesota Press.

Stonich was a Drew Heinz Fellow (yup, the ketchup) at Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), and has been a writer-in-residence at The Ragdale Foundation (Chicago), Ledig House (NY), and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland). She has been awarded a number of grants, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Loft McKnight Fellowship.

The founder of, Stonich lives in Minneapolis in a repurposed flour mill.

About the Augustana Library Associates

As a support group for the Mikkelsen Library, the Augustana Library Associates strengthen the financial base of the library to promote the expansion of library holdings and services and to enhance opportunities for academic excellence. Additionally, the Library Associates provide a program of cultural events and continuing education for the benefit of members, the University and the community.