Oh my gosh, you guys! Last night I got to do a thing (with my friend Randi)!
The Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee hosted an author event with Ruta Sepetys, author of Salt to the Sea and Ashes in the Snow (formerly titled Between Shades of Gray). They provided a free screening of the movie adaptation of Ashes in the Snow followed by an author Q&A with Ruta and time to meet with her and get books signed!
Let me put a plug in for the library for a second. Your taxes pay for the library. You should use it. The library is such an incredible resource and tool at your disposal and all it takes is walking in and getting your library card. Thank you so much to the library staff who organized this free author event for our community.
The movie version of Ashes in the Snow was so good. I really enjoyed seeing the book come alive. Although there were some changes made to the story (let’s be honest… there always are), they didn’t impact the overall message. Ruta shared that the extras in the film were Lithuanian survivors and their descendants which felt very special as I was watching the movie. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, I would highly recommend watching this film.
After the movie, Randi and I got meet Ruta up close and personal. She signed copies of Ashes in the Snow for us and chatted with us briefly about growing up in Farmington Hills (in the neck of the woods Randi and I both lived in Michigan). She was so sweet, kind, and down to earth.
Ruta’s books have come to be some of my favorite historical fictions. She has a new book coming out in October titled The Fountains of Silence! I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.