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Manchester joins 'The Year We Left Home' author for statewide virtual event

The Year We Left HomeJean Thompson, author of The Year We Left Home, will host an online, statewide discussion Nov. 10, and Manchester University is including it in its Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) series.

Students take part in VIA events in order to earn academic credit.

The hour-long Indiana Humanities event begins at 7 p.m.

Thompson’s novel was chosen by Indiana Humanities as the 2020 One State/One Story selection. The Year We Left Home offers a multi-generational look at living in the Midwest during the final decades of the 20th century. Beginning in Iowa in 1973, the novel follows the Erickson family through the many changes affecting American life.

The bestselling-author and National Book Award-finalist will talk about the book, her career as a writer, and the stories we tell about the Midwest.

Barb Shoup, founding director of the Indiana Writers Center, will moderate.

The free program will be online via Zoom. Register at

A Manchester book club* will focus on The Year We Left Home. Those interested may contact to learn more. The book discussions will bring together members of the University and North Manchester communities and will meet in the spring. Members of the book club will receive a free copy of the book. 

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*This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

November 2020