The Friends of the Libraries welcomed WSU Alumnus, Ann Weisgarber, as the keynote speaker for their annual luncheon held on April 17, 2019. Ann is the author of three historical novels, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, The Promise, and The Glovemaker. Ann’s captivating presentation discussed her moments in libraries and archives where an idea or character came to life. For example, browsing a reference book about Chicago’s slaughterhouses, she came upon a woman named Ida B. Wells-Barnett and was so captivated by her story she wanted to include her in the Personal History of Rachel DuPree. Ann found a connection and, well, we won’t spoil it, but we do suggest reading chapters nine and ten! It was great to welcome Ann back to campus and celebrate her achievements as a writer. For more about Ann and her writings, please take a look at her website.
The Friends are so thankful for Ann’s visit and a great luncheon.