THOMAS FOX AVERILL

July 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Thomas Fox Averill will read from his novel, Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr. Not just epistolary, this novel is archival, told entirely through journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings left behind by Nell Doerr, who lived in Lawrence, Kansas, between 1854 and 1890. It is the  story of her two stillborn babies, her move to Kansas, the loss of her husband in Quantrill’s Raid, and her discovery, while hiding in her basement, of the fossils of ancient creatures in the foundation rock.

Thomas Fox Averill is the author of Rode, Secrets of the Tsil Café: A Novel with Recipes, and A Carol Dickens Christmas: A Novel. He received an O. Henry Award for short fiction. He lives in Topeka, Kansas.