2021 Past Events

Author Sheila O’Connor will discuss writing her book entitled Evidence of V

When:  Monday, January 11th, 2021 2:00 PM CST
Zoom information to follow. Marlene Goldberg and Saralee Mogilner

Sheila O’Connor is a professor in the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa. She is the author of six award-winning novels for adults and young people. You will learn about yet another shameful chapter in American history as Ms O’Connor speaks about her writing of Evidence of V.

In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, including family secrets, documents from the era, and a thin, fragmentary case file unsealed by the court, novelist Sheila O’Connor tells the riveting story of “V”, a talented fifteen-year-old singer in the 1930’s in Minneapolis who aspires to be a star. This is the story about the grandmother (“V”) Sheila O’Connor never knew. “V” becomes pregnant by a 35-year-old Jewish manager of the Cascade Club in Minneapolis. Records that Professor O’Connor uncovered in 2001 at the Minnesota Historical Center revealed that “V” was sent to a home in Sauk Center when she was 15 years old. O’Connor will tell us what happened to “V”, the baby and the family. You will want to hear her story.