Author Michel Stone will hold a book event at Hub City Bookshop. The program will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the bookshop, 186 W. Main St. Spartanburg.
The local author will have a conversation with Araceli Hernandez-Laroche, assistant professor of Modern Languages and Assistant Department Chair of Language, Literature and Composition at the University of South Carolina Upstate. The two will discuss Stone’s newly released paperback "Border Child" in the context of the current immigration debate.
In the book, for Hector and Lilia, in pursuit of the American Dream became every parent's worst fear when their infant daughter vanished as they crossed from Mexico to the United States — now they must try to get her back.
The young lovers dreamed of a brighter future for their family in the United States. Hector left Mexico first, to secure work and housing, but when Lilia, desperate to be with Hector, impetuously crossed the border with their infant daughter, Alejandra, mother and child were separated. Alejandra disappeared. Now, four years later, the family has a chance to reunite, but the trauma of the past may well be permanent.
Critics have said Stone drops readers into the whirlwind of the contemporary immigrant experience, where a marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation.
Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. In 2018, she was awarded the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature. Her critically acclaimed novels "Border Child" and "The Iguana Tree" (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. "Border Child" has been favorably reviewed by The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, Charleston Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, and others.
Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a master's degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Stone is the immediate past board chair of the Hub City Writers Project and has served on numerous boards.