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DIESEL, A Bookstore: Rene Denfeld and Janet Fitch in conversation

Rene Denfeld is an award-winning author, journalist, and licensed private investigator living in Portland, Oregon. She is the bestselling author of The Child Finder and The Enchanted, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and received the Prix du Premier Roman Étranger in France. The plight and struggles of homeless children, a marginalized population forgotten by much of society, is a subject close to Denfeld’s heart -- she regularly speaks on issues relating to social justice, crime, and hope. In 2017 she was awarded a Breaking the Silence Award in Washington, DC, for her advocacy for victims, and the New York Times named her a Hero of the Year. She’s written for the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Times.

Janet Fitch is the bestselling author of White Oleander, an Oprah book club selection translated into 28 languages and made into a feature film; Paint it Black, also a feature film directed by Amber Tamblyn; The Revolution of Marina M. and now Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, set during the Russian Revolution. She was a 2009 Likhachev Fellow to St. Petersburg, Russia. Her short stories and essays have appeared inThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Black Clock, Vogue, Real Simple, A Room of Her Own, and Los Angeles Noir. A major concern of her work has been the theme of homeless children— first in White Oleander and now with the orphans of the Russian Civil War in Chimes of a Lost Cathedral.

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