May 20, 2020

ONLINE: Author Emma Copley Eisenberg reads LIVE

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Date(s) - 05/20/2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us on Wednesday May 20 at 7:30 pm EST for a live online reading! Philadelphia-based writer Emma Copley Eisenberg will read from her nonfiction debut, THE THIRD RAINBOW GIRL: THE LONG LIFE OF A DOUBLE MURDER IN APPALACHIA–online, via Facebook Live and Zoom. Stream from anywhere. A live Q&A will follow.

This reading will take place ONLINE, via Zoom and on Facebook Live! Register below by 2 pm EST on the day of the reading to receive the Zoom meeting link and password.

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About Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Guernica, The New Republic, Slate, 100 Days in Appalachia, and others. Her first book of nonfiction, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia (Hachette Books 1/21/2020) has been named an Indie Next pick for February 2020, a most anticipated book from The Millions, Electric Literature, Vol.1. Brooklyn and others and an Apple Books and Oprah Magazine best book of January 2020. She is a fiction editor for AGNI and lives in Philadelphia, where she directs Blue Stoop, a hub for the literary arts.

About THE THIRD RAINBOW GIRL, from publisher Hachette

Oprah Mag Best Books of January
Lit Hub Most Anticipated Books 2020
Indie Next List February 2020
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra pick Winter 2020
The Millions Most anticipated books 2020
Apple Books Best Books of January
Amazon Best Book of January—Nonfiction & History
Electric Literature Most Anticipated Debuts of 2020
The Rumpus What to read in 2020
Powell’s staff pick
Alma’s Favorite Books for Winter 2020
She Reads Most Anticipated Memoirs of 2020
BEA Buzz Book Winter 2019/2020
Library Journal Editor’s Choice Fall 2019

In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the “Rainbow Murders,” though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas—turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries.

Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. In The Third Rainbow Girl, Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America—its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.

The Third Rainbow Girl is a haunting and hard-to-characterize book about restless women and the things that await them on the road . . . But there’s a deeper dimension to The Third Rainbow Girl that gives it its contemplative power. Eisenberg intertwines her own raw story about coming-into-womanhood into the true crime narrative.” —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air


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