Masha Hamilton is the 2017 John E. Nance Writer-In-Residence at Thurber House and the author of five novels. She will be discussing her most recent novel, What Changes Everything.
Masha Hamilton’s fifth novel, What Changes Everything, explores America’s twisted, misguided, generous relationship with Afghanistan. It is the story of Clarissa, who in a gamble to save her kidnapped husband’s life rejects the advice of U.S. authorities. It also is the story of Stela, who owns a bookstore in Ohio and writes letter after letter in hopes of comprehending the loss of a son on an Afghan battlefield. It is also about Mandy, the mother of a gravely wounded soldier from Texas, Danil, an angry Brooklyn street artist, and Todd, an aid worker who for a moment let down his guard in a Kabul marketplace. Meanwhile, it tells the stories of Afghans, Najibullah, the former president during the Communist era, and Amin, who as a boy tried to save Najibullah and failed, and who now risks his life in a driven effort to help Todd.
A former journalist for the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, Hamilton served as the director of communications and public diplomacy for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan in 2012-2013. While in Afghanistan, she founded the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and the Camel Book Drive. After leaving Afghanistan, she was vice president of communications for Concern Worldwide, an international nonprofit.
At Door: $25
Interested in having dinner with Masha Hamilton? Call (614) 464-1032 x10 for tickets to The Author's Table Dinner. You will share a great meal with the author, talk about her work in a more intimate setting, and get reserved seating at the event. The price for dinner is $45 and includes entry into the event.