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Ballering’s fiction strives for authentic interactions


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Sitka Fellow Zoe Ballering is writing a novel about a Wisconsin family whose history includes two acts of domestic terrorism, one in the 1930s and another in the 1970s. She’ll be reading from her work at an Open Studio, 5-7 PM Fri Aug 30 at the Yaw Art Center on the Sheldon Jackson Campus.

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