‘Just Mercy’ author to speak at library on Monday

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Dorothy Van Soest, photo courtesy the author's website.
Dorothy Van Soest, photo courtesy the author’s website.

Novelist Dorothy Van Soest speaks at the Edmonds Library this Monday at 11 a.m. The talk is free, although seating is limited to the first 20 people. The event is hosted by EPIC Group Writers after Monday morning writing, which meets at 10 a.m.

Van Soest will discuss her new novel, ‘Just Mercy,’ which she wrote in response to these questions: “What would you do if your child was murdered? What lengths would you go to for justice?” Van Soest’s purpose for writing fiction, according to Kirkus Reviews, is her “growing conviction that people become empowered to work for personal and social change, not through objective data and studies, but through personal connections that lead them to care enough to take action.”

Van Soest is a writer, social worker community activist, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington with a research publication record of nine books and over fifty journal articles, essays, and book chapters. For more information, visit the author’s website. And to learn more about literary events around town, visit EPIC Group Writers.

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