National Archives at Kansas City

Rachel Hall to Discuss Story Collection Heirlooms with New Letters on Air

National Archives at Kansas City

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Press Release: September 7, 2016

Kansas City (MO)…On Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Rachel Hall for a discussion and interview about her book Heirlooms. Angela Elam, producer and host of New Letters on the Air, will interview Hall. A free light reception will precede the interview at 6:00 p.m.  

Heirlooms begins in the French seaside city of Saint-Malo, in 1939, and ends in the American Midwest in 1989. In these linked stories, the war reverberates through four generations of a Jewish family. Inspired by the author’s family stories as well as extensive research, Heirlooms explores assumptions about love, duty, memory and truth. Heirlooms won the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction from BkMk Press. This program is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education; the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s BkMk Press and New Letters on Air; and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Center for Midwestern Studies, and Graduate Certificate Program in Holocaust Studies.

Copies of Heirlooms will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the author

Rachel Hall grew up in Columbia, Missouri. Her short stories and essays have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Fifth Wednesday and New Letters, which awarded her the Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction. She has received other honors and awards from Lilith, Glimmer Train, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Ragdale, the Ox-Bow School of the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Hall is a Professor of English in the creative writing program at the State University of New York at Geneseo where she holds the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Hall’s French mother and grandparents survived the Holocaust in hiding. Her family’s wartime papers and photographs, the inspiration for the stories, were recently donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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