Houston, TX 77005
7:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Brazos Bookstore presents Marian Szczepanski - PLAYING ST. BARBARA, Monday, January 13 at 7pm.The secrets, struggles, and self-redemption of a Depression-era coal miner’s wife and three daughters play out against a turbulent historical backdrop of Ku Klux Klan intimidation and 1933 Pennsylvania Mine War.Their intertwined lives eerily mirror the 7th century legend of St. Barbara, patroness of miners, reenacted annually in the town pageant. Tested by scandal, heartbreak, and tragedy, each woman will write her own courageous ending to St. Barbara’s story.Marian Szczepanski holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and has won awards for short fiction and magazine feature writing. The granddaughter of immigrant coal miners, she grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and lived as a young child in the Jamison Coal Company house where her mother and aunts were raised.PLAYING ST. BARBARA is her first novel. She lives in Houston, Texas.