I made a crucial error early on when I made the choice to undertake a massive project to write a novel set in Japanese-occupied Philippines during WWII based on a story I heard while starting my MFA — that my great-grandfather had been murdered by a Japanese sniper during the war. I assumed I would be looking back into history. I failed to see myself as part of the narrative; that I am a result, a by-product of American good intentions.
Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, which was a New York Times best-seller and named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Economist, TIME, and President Barack Obama.
St. Ninian’s is divested of human habitation. Not much remains of its 12th-century chapel nor of its last inhabitants, whose exodus occurred as the world eked into the 19th century. All that can be found here today are a few herds of locally owned sheep and an immense number of rabbits.
This year, Fall for the Book—an independent non-profit literary arts organization based at George Mason University—celebrates their 25th anniversary. As a part of their new format, Fall for the Book has launched their Mini Fest, a one-day festival packed with events from a variety of incredible authors.
This year, the Cheuse Center is raising money to fund an annual writer-in-residence from Ukraine. This residency will provide the writer with safe harbor for themselves and their immediate family, allowing them space to write, read, and connect with the vibrant, diverse literary community in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.
"There are moments when I become deeply despaired about whether words have any significance at all. But still, our mission does not change. Literature must foster humans and make the souls of people stronger in order to overcome the loneliness that may swallow up humans when they face atrocious fates."
The Asahi Shimbun