Set in southern Illinois and central Oregon, The Crying Tree tells a story of a mother who must overcome the hate, grief, and secrets that surround the murder of her 15-year-old son, and defy church and family as she attempts to stop the execution ofÂ his perpetrator. With the heart of a storyteller, Rahka explores the death penalty, and the act of forgiveness through the lens of the justice system as well as subsequent interviews with crime victims, inmates, corrections officials and exonerated death row prisoners.
The American Booksellers Association chose The Crying Tree for its TOP 10 Indie Next list for Reading Groups. The book has been published in six international editions. Naseem is an award-winning author and journalist whose stories have been heard on NPRâ€™s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and many animals.
Following the reading and Q&A, an Open Mic features up to nine local writers at 5 minute reading spots. The recommended theme for this month is â€œForgiveness.â€
Admission for the evening is $5. At the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue). FMI: hoffmanblog.org.