Before We Were Yours, a novel by Lisa Wingate is the selection for the 2018 statewide reading program, If All Arkansas Read the Same Book. The best-selling novel is based on the true story of a Memphis orphanage responsible for the kidnapping and selling of thousands of children in illegal adoptions. Arkansans are encouraged to read and discuss the book in book clubs and libraries. The author will visit the Springdale Public Library on Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m. for a reading and book signing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and best-selling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.”
If All Arkansas Read the Same Book is presented by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library and all programs are offered free-of-charge to the public. The project is funded in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Copies of Before We Were Yours are available at all public libraries throughout the state.