Miriam Herin, "A Stone for Bread"
Miriam Herin, A Stone for Bread
Sunday, November 1, 3pm
In 1963, North Carolina poet Henry Beam published a collection of poems supposedly saved from a Nazi death camp. The authorship controversy that followed cost Henry his university teaching position and forced the poet into decades of silence. Thirty-four years after the poems were published, Henry breaks that silence when he begins telling grad student Rachel Singer the story of his study year in Paris, how the naïve young American became entangled with fiery right-wing politician Renard Marcotte, his love affair with the shopgirl Eugenié and his unnerving encounter with the enigmatic René, the man Henry claims gave him the death camp poems. A Stone for Bread moves back and forth in time from 1997 North Carolina to post-World War I France, to Paris in the mid-1950’s and into the horror of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.
Miriam Herin’s first novel Absolution won the 2007 Novello Press Literary Award. Cited by Publishers Weekly as an “impressive” debut, PW states that Absolution “skillfully combines a contemporary courtroom thriller with a subtle look back at the competing passions and pressures of the Vietnam War era…. Herin delves deep into questions of guilt and forgiveness….”
Miriam has taught composition and literature at Appalachian State University, Greensboro College, Essex County College in Newark, NJ, Limestone College and the University of South Carolina and has worked as an editor for Good Housekeeping Magazine and the Winston-Salem Journal. She has free-lanced as a writer, editor, public relations consultant and producer of films and videos.
Her second novel A Stone for Bread is published by Livingston Press of West Alabama University. She is currently working on a novel that follows a Charleston slave girl of mixed race on a 19th Century odyssey to find her Seminole warrior father.
Miriam is the parent of two adult children and grandparent of a delightful 8-year-old. She and her husband live in Greensboro, North Carolina.