WHO: Authors Warren Ashworth and Susan Kander
WHEN: Friday, April 22nd, 2022 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Warkentin Historic House Museum,
211 E 1st St, Newton, KS 67114
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
ABOUT THE EVENT The authors will read passages from We, the House. The book begins in 1878 in the frontier town of Newton on the Kansas prairie. There a battered Civil War Union veteran builds his new wife her dream house, an Italianate glory she names Ambleside who tells this story. Soon an early American portrait of Mrs. Simon Peale arrives from Hartford, Connecticut to dignify the dining room wall. She can hear and see what goes on inside the house. He can see what occurs outside. Each is isolated and alone until the portrait’s existential yelp causes house and painting to discover each other, Ambleside is a perfect ‘tabula rasa,’ almost literally born yesterday, and Mrs. Peale is a devastated young widow, a starchy professor of Latin, who has been dead since 1841.