Jean Hegland visits BGSU Firelands for All-College Book celebration

On Thursday (Oct. 26), Jean Hegland will discuss her novel Into the Forest from noon to 1 p.m. in BGSU Firelands’ Cedar Point Center. Her talk is the keynote event of the All-College Book series at Firelands.

Into the Forest, which has twice been the Common Reading Experience selection on main campus, is set in the future and is the tale of two sisters, Nell and Eva, who struggle to understand the society collapsing around them. The comforts of their Northern California home disappear as electricity and gas vanish amid talk of an overseas war and upheaval in Congress. With the death of both parents and the threat of a dangerous stranger at their door, Nell and Eva go into the forest to face the challenges of adulthood and of the land itself.

Hegland earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Washington State University and her master’s degree in rhetoric and the teaching of composition from Eastern Washington University.

She has taught in the English department of Santa Rosa Junior College, creative writing for the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily and was a writer-in-residence at the College of York St. John in York, England.

October 23, 2006