Secrets and Shadows - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

Secrets and Shadows

  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Latino Collection Resource Center
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 01:30 PM
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

How do any of us keep going in the face of uncertainty? Writers Suzanne Ohlmann (Shadow Migration) and Mary Laura Philpott (Bomb Shelter) help us navigate grief, sorrow, and hidden truths in their recent memoirs.

About the Authors

Suzanne Ohlmann - The San Antonio Book Festival

Suzanne Ohlmann

Suzanne Ohlmann is a registered nurse. A native Nebraskan, she currently lives in San Antonio with her husband and a quintet of dogs and cats. Her work has been published by the Associated Press, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Longreads, and Texas Monthly. Shadow Migration: Mapping a Life is her first book.

Mary Laura Philpott - The San Antonio Book Festival

Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott, author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink, writes essays that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and appears in such outlets as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Real Simple, and more. A former bookseller, she also hosted an interview program on Nashville Public Television for several years. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family. Bomb Shelter is her latest book.


Mary Laura Philpott - The San Antonio Book Festival

Claire Burrows

Claire serves as Texas Book Festival’s Deputy Director, and has been at TBF since 2014. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook University and a bachelor’s degree from UT Dallas. Before joining the Festival, Claire was an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University teaching film, literature, and cultural studies. Her literary interests include comics and graphic novels, literary fiction, and memoirs.
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