Thomas Fox Averill

Watermark Books & Cafe will host Thomas Fox Averill for an author talk and signing of Found Documents on Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. 

Not just epistolary, this novel is archival, told entirely through journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings left behind by Nell Doerr, who lived in Lawrence, Kansas, between 1854 and 1889. Although Nell seems so real you can reach out and touch her, she is a fictional character. The novel tells the story of her two stillborn babies, her move to Kansas, the loss of her husband in Quantrill's Raid, and her discovery, while hiding in her basement, of the fossils of ancient creatures in the foundation rock. In finding these specimens this unforgettable heroine finds herself, a woman unconventional and strong, a mother without children, a wife without a husband, a scientist without educational pedigree, but someone who nurtures her passion for nature and contributes to the scientific knowledge of her time.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826359308
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of New Mexico Press - February 15th, 2018

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