Erica Witsell explores sisterhood with her new novel GIVE

Erica Witsell explores sisterhood with her new novel Give
in conversation with Kate Rademacher, author of Following the Red Bird
Thursday 1/16, 7 pm
Every summer, Jessie and Emma leave their suburban home in the Central Valley and fly north to Baymont. Nestled among Mendocino's golden hills, with ponies to love and endless acres to explore, Baymont should be a child's paradise. But Baymont belongs to Laurel, the girls' birth mother, whose heedless parenting and tainted judgement cast a long shadow over the sisters' summers---and their lives.

Caught in a web of allegiances, the girls learn again and again that every loyalty has its price, and that even forgiveness can take unexpected turns.

Luminous and poignant, Give is the story of one family's troubled quest to redeem the mistakes of the past and a stirring testament to the bonds of sisterhood.

Born in Maine but raised in Florida, Erica Witsell lived in Connecticut, California, Ecuador, and Italy before settling in the mountains of western North Carolina fifteen years ago. A graduate of Wesleyan University and University of California, Berkeley, she taught high school for over ten years and now teaches English as a new language in Asheville. Her writing has appeared in The Sun and Brain, Child, and her blog on living and mothering her three children is available at




Kate Rademacher grew up outside of Boston and lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her family. In her debut memoir, Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a Life of Faith, Kate describes how she came to embrace a relationship with God after maintaining a pick-and-choose approach to spirituality for many years. Kate's professional work in international public health focuses on expanding access to contraception in developing countries. She considers herself to be bi-vocational. Kate's second memoir about her experience as a foster parent will be released in the summer of 2020. You can visit her online at



Event date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Give, a Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945448348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: BQB Publishing - June 1st, 2019