MANCHESTER - Joanna Luloff worked as Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka from 1996 to1998. Join us as Andrew McKeever, managing editor of the Manchester Journal, talks to her about how the lives of Sri Lankan natives and American Peace Corps workers intersect during a time of change and crisis in this accomplished collection of interconnected stories-a debut by an immensely talented young writer.

Skillfully weaving together the stories of these and other intersecting lives, The Beach at Galle Road explores themes of memory and identity amid the consequences of the Sri Lankan civil war. From different points of view, across generations and geographies, it pits the destructive power of war against the resilient power of family, individual will, and the act of storytelling itself.

Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. She worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka from 1996 to 1998. Her stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Memorious, and New South. She is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Potsdam.

The conversation with Professor Luloff will take place at the bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 11, starting at 7 p.m.

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