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May 19: Theodore Wheeler, “Kings of Broken Things”

Katie Miller
May 19 2019

On May 19th, FIRSTForum will host Theodore Wheeler, author of Kings of Broken Things.

Theodore Wheeler is the author of the novels Kings of Broken Things and In Our Other Lives (coming in March 2020), and a collection of short fiction, Bad Faith. His work appears regularly in magazines and anthologies like Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, and Narrative, and has been recognized with a Marianne Russo Award from Key West Literary Seminar and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. A graduate of the MFA program at Creighton University, he teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, covers a civil law and politics beat as a reporter for a national legal news service, and is co-director of Omaha Lit Fest.

 
Kings of Broken Things is an immigrant coming-of-age novel that’s set amid the domestic strife of World War I, the machine-boss era of politics in Nebraska, and events surrounding the lynching of Will Brown during the Omaha race riot of 1919. Wheeler will present a few readings from the novel, a crash-course in the history of the riot, and discuss why he wrote the book and why it’s important that “bystanders” in racial conflict make their voices heard too. There will be time for questions and copies of Kings of Broken Things will be for sale.

FIRSTForum is held in the Third Floor Parlor in the church, 9:15 – 10:15 am.   Childcare is available during that time.