SHEFFIELD – The Friends of the Sheffield Public Library will host the authors of BEFORE AND AFTER: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of the Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society on Sunday, October 27 at the Clarion Inn in Sheffield.
Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie are long-time friends who co-authored the upcoming Before and After: Real-Life Stories of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. The book consists of interviews of the adoptees who survived the orphanage that operated from 1925-1950. They will speak about their nonfiction book due out this fall from Random House.
Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of 30 novels. Her work has garnered or been nominated for many awards including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her blockbuster hit Before We Were Yours was on the New York Times bestseller list for ten months.
Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel inspired by a true story. Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. However, when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents. However, they quickly realize the dark truth.
Christie has had lunch at the White House with First Lady Nancy Reagan, met Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, and ridden across a Southern city in a hot air balloon.
Christie has had 18 books published and she has been an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor for 25 years.
The event Sunday begins at 2pm. Doors open at 1pm. Tickets are $15 each (includes hors d’oeuvres) and are available at the Sheffield Public Library. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, October 25.