Zacharias to Appear at Hermiston Public Library

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Local author Karen Spears Zacharias will read from her book, A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder on Tuesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. in the Hermiston Public Library’s Lanham Room.

Zacharias’ book is the true-crime tale of the murder of Karly Sheehan of Corvallis. This is a story that sadly underscores why April has been designated National Child Abuse Prevention month and the need for public awareness as well as the need to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

Zacharias says she never anticipated that she would become one of the characters involved in a high-profile murder. But when she reconnects with a young woman named Sarah, who lived in the Zacharias home at one time and was treated like family, Zacharias discovers that something unspeakable has happened to Sarah’s daughter Karly. Compelled to consider her own culpability in this tragic case, Zacharias pieces together what happened to Karly through court documents, investigators’ interviews, and interviews with friends, family, law enforcement officials, and key witnesses.

Zacharias’ work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, and CNN.

She teaches journalism at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., and blogs at Patheos.com. Zacharias’ father was killed-in-action,Vietnam,1966. She is an advocate for veterans and military families.

Call 567-2882 for more information.