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
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.
Parking in UW-Stout lots is free after 4 p.m.
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.
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."
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.