(Knoxville, TN - October 3, 2013) UT’s Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature and Knox County Public Library are pleased to present An Evening with Ruta Sepetys on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium, 1015 Volunteer Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.
As the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee, Sepetys’s debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, tackles the tough and dark subject of genocide of the Baltic people after the Soviet Occupation in 1941. Based on her father’s experience in the labor camps, Sepetys created a powerful novel that represents “extreme suffering and tremendous hope.” It became a critically acclaimed, international best seller and was translated into 22 languages. Though originally written for children and young adults, the book has been embraced by all audiences.
Her second novel, Out of the Easy, published this year, is set in 1950s’ Louisiana and combines her love for New Orleans, historical scandal, and the idea that we are most perfect in our imperfection. It, too, has received rave reviews and was singled out by YALSA, New York Times, Amazon and Bookspan as a notable new book.
Originally from Michigan, Sepetys moved to Los Angeles in 1994, where she launched Sepetys Entertainment Group, Inc., an entertainment management firm representing Grammy®-award winning guitarist Steve Vai, Orange County modern rock band Lit, and Emmy nominated film composer Niels Bye Nielsen. In 2002 Sepetys was featured in Rolling Stone magazine’s 'Women in Rock' special issue as a woman driven to make a difference.
After moving to Tennessee, Sepetys was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University and is also a director of the Make a Noise Foundation, a national non-profit that raises money for music education. Sepetys currently resides in Nashville, TN.