Jim Shepard / The Book of Aron [In-Conversation with Adam Johnson]

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30pm

Jim Shepard’s newest novel The Book of Aron is the moving story of a peculiar yet clever boy living through World War II. In the beginning, he is able to keep his family alive by smuggling goods in the ghetto where they are confined, but as the war progresses, his family is slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution. After they are separated completely, Aron’s life is changed when he meets Dr.Janusz Korczak, head of the Warsaw orphanage and a renowned advocate for children’s rights. Carefully integrating fact and fiction, Shepard has crafted a new perspective on one of the darkest times in history. The Book of Aron is as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking and inspiring despite the odds.


The author of six previous novels and four collections of stories, Jim Shepard was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and now lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children, and teaches at Williams College. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, McSweeney's, Tin House, Zoetrope, Playboy, and Vice, among other periodicals.


Adam Johnson is the author of Fortune Smiles forthcoming in August 2015 and of The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Johnson’s other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. His previous books are Emporium, a short story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us.




The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel By Adam Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012