Omaha Public Radio News
3:37 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

New York Times reviewed author Timothy Schaffert will speak at the library tonight

Omaha, NE – Nebraska author Timothy Schaffert is speaking about his latest book, "The Coffins of Little Hope" tonight at 6:00 in the W. Dale Clark Library.

Schaffert's novel was recently reviewed by the New York Times and was dubbed a "quirky little gem". Tonight, he will talk about his research and the process he went through writing his new novel. Schaffert says he grew up in a small town so writing about that experience and landscape comes naturally to him. He says the story is narrated by an 83-year old woman who writes obituaries for a struggling small-town newspaper, "Until something really kind of newsworthy happens in the community which is this eccentric farm woman who lives on this overgrown, broken down farm. She stumbles into town basically announcing that her child has been abducted from the farm, but we quickly come to sense that there never really was a child, that perhaps she's delusional and the book is really about how the town is conflicted."

In addition to his book, Schaffert will also discuss the roles of agents, editors and the web in publishing. For more information, the website is omahalibrary.org.