Orphan Train author to speak April 6
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The Panola College History Club and the Carthage Book Club invite the community to attend a presentation by Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster of their book Riders of the Orphan Train. Sponsored by the Summerlee Foundation, the event will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 6 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom at Panola College.
Riders of the Orphan Train chronicles the lives of two children among approximately 250,000 young people “placed out” between 1854 and 1929. The children boarded trains in New York City and were given away at rail stations across the country.
The author’s website describes the setting: “From the teeming streets of New York among a crush of immigrants; through the winding down of the old West; the dustbowl Riders on the Orphan Train is a story of the search for home, of dislocation, of loss and the rapidly changing quality of American life.”
Alison Moore is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and a former Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in fiction, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and the J. Frank Dobie/Paisano fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.
For more information about Alison Moore and the “Riders of the Orphan Train” at www.alisonmoorebooks.com.