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Author Rene Denfeld drops by Beach Books

Lunch in the Loft with award-winning writer held May 11

Published on May 9, 2018 10:40AM

“The Child Finder,” by Rene Denfeld

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“The Child Finder,” by Rene Denfeld

Karen Emmerling, left, and Alexa Butler behind the counter at Beach Books in Seaside

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Karen Emmerling, left, and Alexa Butler behind the counter at Beach Books in Seaside

Author Rene Denfeld

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SEASIDE — Beach Books in Seaside is hosting author Rene Denfeld for a Lunch in the Loft at noon Friday, May 11. Denfeld wrote the novels “The Child Finder” and “The Enchanted,” as well as essays in such publications as the New York Times.

The cost of the event is $30, which includes a catered lunch and signed copy of “The Child Finder.”

The novel, a literary thriller, explores themes of survival, resiliency and redemption. It has received much acclaim, including a starred Library Journal review, major press and an Indie Next pick. Landing as the No. 1 fiction bestseller at Powell’s within its first week, “The Child Finder” became a top 10 bestseller in Canada and a bestseller in the U.S.

Denfeld’s lyrical writing is inspired by her work with sex trafficking victims and innocents in prison. She was the chief investigator at a public defender’s office and has worked hundreds of cases.

Denfeld was awarded the Breaking the Silence Award at the 24th Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala in Washington, D.C. in November 2017 in recognition for her advocacy and social justice work, and was named one of 19 heroic stories of the year by the New York Times.

The child of a difficult history herself, Denfeld is an accomplished speaker who loves connecting with others. She lives in Portland, where she is the mother of three kids adopted from foster care.


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