When the Past Comes Back to Haunt You

Decatur Library presented by WABE

Sunday, 5:00-5:45

In this session, secrets are bursting at the seams of these Southern towns. Can anyone contain them, or will they ruin entire families before they've begun? Anna Schachner is the author of Between You and I and Someone Else, Sarah Creech is author of The Whole Way Home, and Karen Spears Zacharias is the author of Christian Bend.


Sarah Creech

Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah Creech teaches English and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her two children and her husband, poet Morri Creech.

Anna Schachner


Anna Schachner has published short fiction in many journals and magazines, including Puerto del Sol, Ontario Review and The Sun, and she contributes articles about books and literary culture to publications such as The Guardian and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Originally from North Carolina, Schachner lives in Atlanta, where she is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review.

Karen Spears Zacharias


Karen Spears Zacharias is a Georgia-raised Gold Star daughter. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and on CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America. Her 2013 novel, Mother of Rain (Mercer), received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction and was adapted for the stage by Georgia’s Historic State Theater. She and her husband divide their time between Oregon and Georgia.


Jennie Helderman

Jennie Helderman is a Pushcart Prize nominee, the author of four books, and a freelance writer. Her nonfiction narrative As the Sycamore Grows won six literary awards and was a Pulpwood Queens book club favorite. Her profile of Kaitlin Roig, the Sandy Hook teacher who saved her first-graders, published in The Key alumnae magazine, took first place honors among collegiate magazines. Helderman grew up in a story-telling family in Alabama and transplanted to Atlanta in her gray-haired years.