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About the Book
From Erin Keane, editor in chief at Salon, comes a touching memoir about the search for truths in the stories families tell. In 1970, Erin Keane's mother ran away from home for the first time. She was thirteen years old. Over the next several years, and under two assumed identities, she hitchhiked her way across America, experiencing freedom, hardship, and tragedy. At fifteen, she met a man in New York City and married him. He was thirty-six. Though a deft balance of journalistic digging, cultural criticism, and poetic reimagining, Keane pieces together the true story of her mother's teenage years, questioning almost everything she's been told about her parents and their relationship. Along the way, she also considers how pop culture has kept similar narratives alive in her. At stake are some of the most profound questions we can ask ourselves: What's true? What gets remembered? Who gets to tell the stories that make us who we are? Whether it's talking about painful family history, #MeToo, Star Wars, true crime forensics, or The Gilmore Girls, Runaway is an unforgettable look at all the different ways the stories we tell--both personal and pop cultural--create us.
About the author
Erin Keane is a critic, poet, essayist, and journalist. She’s the author of three collections of poetry, and editor of The Louisville Anthology (Belt Publishing). Her writing has appeared in many publications and anthologies, and in 2018, she co-produced and co-hosted the limited audio series These Miracles Work: A Hold Steady Podcast. She is editor in chief at Salon, where she has worked since 2014, and she teaches in the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University.
In conversation with
Alli Joseph is a seasoned multimedia journalist, documentary filmmaker, and family historian. A McCormick Tribune Foundation Fellow, Poynter Institute Fellow, and consulting faculty member of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Alli also teaches primary school to post-graduate entrepreneurial journalism. As an author/writer, producer, educator, and on-camera talent, Alli was a senior producer and on-camera host for Salon.com, and has worked for networks like NBC, CBS News, Vh1, and Food Network. She co-authored the Harper Collins memoir The Shaolin Way, is a [sic] Native New Yorker and member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. Alli also chairs the Council of Advisors for the Association on American Indian Affairs, one of the oldest Native American advocacy organizations in the US, and uses her Indigenous heritage to inform her work as producer on documentaries like the 2019 PBS film CONSCIENCE POINT (Independent Lens), and the Indigenous elders docu short series 1000 Years a Witness. Alli is a graduate of Vassar College, and holds advanced certificates in executive media management from Northwestern University's Medill and Kellogg schools. Currently, Alli is involved as producer on several new oral history and other documentary projects. She lives in Maplewood with her family.
From Erin Keane, editor in chief at Salon, comes a touching memoir about the search for truths in the stories families tell. In 1970, Erin Keane's mother ran away from home for the first time. She was thirteen years old. Over the next several years, and under two assumed identities, she hitchhiked her way across America, experiencing freedom, hardship, and tragedy.
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