Author of ‘House Hold’ to speak March 27 at library

March 11, 2014

A Wisconsin native and author will discuss the importance of place in people's lives during a talk at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Ann Peters, author of "House Hold: A Memoir of Place," will visit UW-Stout and read from her new book from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in room 206 of the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Literature Committee of the English and philosophy department; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Honors College.

Ann PetersParking in UW-Stout lots is free after 4 p.m.

Peters grew up in a house built by her father, an architect, on a hill in eastern Wisconsin. In the book, she revisits the memories of that home as well as from apartments during two decades of living in New York City. She also travels to a cabin in the mountains of Colorado and writes about purchasing an old farmhouse in upstate New York.

"House Hold," published in February, is described by publisher University of Wisconsin Press as "an expansive contemplation of America, a meditation on place and property and an exploration of how literature shapes our thinking about the places we live."

Peters weaves into her narrative her love of books, with musings on Henry James, Willa Cather, William Dean Howells, Paule Marshall, William Maxwell and others. "Peters reflects on the romance of pastoral retreat, the hazards of nostalgia and America's history of expansion and land ownership," UW Press says.

Peters is an associate professor at Stern College, Yeshiva University, New York, and the recipient of the 2012 McGinnis Ritchie Award for Nonfiction.