Center for Literary Arts: Reading by Bryon MacWilliams, Author of “The Girl in the Haystack”

FSU Hosts Reading by Author Bryon MacWilliams at Lewis J. Ort Library

Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts presents Bryon MacWilliams, who will be reading from his new book, “The Girl in the Haystack,” on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Frostburg State University’s Lewis J. Ort Library.

MacWilliams is an American writer whose memoir, “With Light Steam,” was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2014. His new book, “The Girl in the Haystack,” was described as “[a] moving and original account based on real events that distills, in a few pages, the horror of local mass murder and the extraordinary kindness of others during the Holocaust” by professor of European studies and German history, Omer Bartov of Brown University.

Hours after Germany invades the Soviet Union in 1941, nationalists in a small Ukrainian town carry out a pogrom against local Jews, killing dozens and leaving others for dead. One survivor is a 7-year-old girl. Lyuba is forced from her home into a Nazi ghetto, then spirited away into hiding for nearly two years – on a farm, in haystacks.

MacWilliams lived in Moscow for nearly 12 years as a foreign correspondent reporting from the territories of the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine. His journalism, essays, poetry and literary translations have appeared in anthologies and numerous other publications, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature and Science.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Lewis J. Ort Library, the Department of History and the Martha T. and Ralph M. Race Western History Lecture Fund. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jennifer Browne, director for Frostburg Center for Literary Arts at 301-687-4340 or

Thursday, March 7 at 7:00pm

Lewis J. Ort Library

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Jennifer Browne, director for Frostburg Center for Literary Arts

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Free and open to the public


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