Go West Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America On the Oregon Trail: A Reading Conversation with B.J. and Henry Hollars
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- Dates: May 19, 2021
- Time: 5:00 PM
<p>At the sound of the bell on the last day of kindergarten, B.J. Hollars and his six-year-old son, Henry, hop in the car to strike out on a 2,500-mile road trip retracing the Oregon Trail. Their mission: to rediscover America, and Americans, along the way. Throughout their two-week adventure, they endure the usual setbacks (car trouble, inclement weather, and father-son fatigue), but their most compelling drama involves people, privilege, and their attempt to find common ground in an all-too-fractured country. Join father and son team B.J. and Henry Hollars for a reading and conversation on their journey, their reckoning with our nation's founding, and their renewal of faith in America today.</p>
<p>B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Go West Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, Parents Magazine, NPR, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Nonfiction, the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize, the Council of Wisconsin Writers' Blei-Derleth Award, among others. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, The Priory Writers Retreat, and the Midwest Artist Academy, as well as an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. </p>
<p>Henry Hollars is the illustrator of Go West Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail. His work has been featured on the family refrigerator and elsewhere. He is the family record-holder for highest jump on the backyard trampoline. Additionally, he has endured a 2,500-mile road trip with his father.