Manzanita Writers' Series Presents

Author Rene Denfeld
Thursday, May 9, 2024
4 p.m.
Admission $7, pre-registration encouraged
Walk-ins welcomed

We’re thrilled to have Rene Denfeld back to read from her brand-new novel, Sleeping Giants.

From the bestselling author of The Child Finder and The Enchanted, a compelling and poignant story of sibling bonds, foster children, monsters masquerading as caretakers, terrifying secrets, and the power of love to right even the most egregious wrongs.

“Rene Denfeld is one of the handful of living writers I most admire, and Sleeping Giants may be her masterpiece.  Haunting, frightening and moving in equal measure, her new novel is a sublime page turner, evoking beauty and terror in the same moment.  I read it in an afternoon, enthralled, and am still under its spell.”

— Elizabeth Hand, author of A Haunting on the Hill and Generation Loss.

Rene Denfeld is the award-winning, bestselling author of four novels, The Enchanted, The Child Finder, The Butterfly Girl, and the forthcoming Sleeping Giants. Her writing has been praised by Margaret Atwood as “astonishing.”

Rene’s novels are influenced by her work as a licensed death row investigator. She is the past Chief Investigator for public defenders and has worked hundreds of cases, including exonerations and helping rape trafficking victims. The survivor of a difficult background, Rene regularly speaks on social justice issues, as well as on writing and overcoming trauma.

In 2017 The New York Times named Rene a hero of the year, and she was awarded the Break the Silence Award in Washington, DC. Her novels have received prestigious literary awards, including a French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a Carnegie Listing, a listing for the International Dublin Literary Award, and she was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the happy parent of kids from foster care.

​Photo Credit:  Brian McDonnell

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  •  May 9, 2024
     4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

May 9–Rene Denfeld reads from her new novel, Sleeping Giants.


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Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.