HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 16, 2014 – Novelist TaraShea Nesbit will be hosted on the High Point University campus in a Phoenix Reading Series & Festival event at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
Nesbit will be reading from her debut novel, “The Wives of Los Alamos,” a historical fiction about the wives of secretive Manhattan Project scientists in 1940s Los Alamos. As nearly half a million Americans view WGN America’s current television series “The Manhattan Project” each week, Nesbit will also be available upon request about the New Mexico Manhattan Project.
“In historical fiction, time has stopped, at least for a little while, and I get to see, in slow motion, how co-existing experiences and points of view interact with and affect one another,” says Nesbit. “I love that historical fiction enables a reader to inhabit both the consciousness of a contemporary author and the world of the past.”
Nesbit grew up in Dayton, Ohio, one of the lesser-known Manhattan Project locations. Her writing has been featured in the “Iowa Review,” “Quarterly West,” “The Collagist,” “Hayden’s Ferry Review,” and is forthcoming on NPR, in “Necessary Fiction,” and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and literature courses at the University of Denver and is the nonfiction editor of “Better: Culture & Lit.” A graduate of the M.F.A. program at Washington University in St. Louis, TaraShea is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature at the University of Denver. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
The Phoenix Reading Series & Festival brings a diverse array of writers and thinkers to the HPU campus each year. It is sponsored in part by an HPU Cultural Enrichment Grant. This year’s series is produced in conjunction with the HPU Year of the Arts.