3:30 PM to 4:20 PM
Where are the Children?
Lisa Wingate shares the true story that inspired her highly lauded novel, Before We Were Yours, which fictionalizes one of America’s most notorious scandals. For readers of The Nightingale and Orphan Train, Wingate’s novel tells the stories of the victims of Georgia Tann, the director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, which kidnapped the children of poor families and sold them in adoptions-for-profit to Hollywood celebrities and wealthy families all over the country from the early 1920’s until 1950.
About Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of thirty 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. Her latest book, Before We Were Yours, was the winner of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction.
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. Wingate’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.”
Lisa writes her stories at home in Texas where she is part of the Wingate clan of storytellers. Lisa believes that stories can change the world.