Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event With Ruta Sepetys Author of "Between Shades Of Gray"

Tuesday January 21, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).
This event will be recorded

Former Michigan resident Ruta Sepetys discusses her international bestseller Between Shades of Gray, the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2014.

Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. The nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia disappeared from maps in 1941 and did not reappear until 1990. As this is a story seldom told, Ruta wanted to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives during Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic region.

Her 2011 debut novel "Between Shades of Gray" is the story of fifteen-year-old Lina, a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life—until Soviet officers invade her home and send her family to Siberian work camps, where they must fight for their lives.The book was the recipient of many national and international awards. Based on survivor stories of the genocide of Baltic people, it is an international bestseller and has been translated into more than 27 languages.

Copies of the book will be for sale, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, and the event will include a book signing. Doors open at 6 PM for light refreshments and a chance to talk with local community agencies.