Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Q&A: Masha Hamilton’s life as journalist has shaped her novels


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By Margaret Quamme
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Updated Nov 13, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Author Masha Hamilton has been living and working on the top floor of James Thurber’s historic Downtown house for weeks.

“I got through Halloween night,” Hamilton said of the home where Thurber famously saw a ghost. ... 
Hamilton is working on her next novel as part of the Thurber House’s John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence program, which co-funded by Ohio State University.

She lived and worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the director of communications and public diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in 2012 and 2013.

Before that, Hamilton worked as a journalist in the Middle East, Russia, Kenya and Afghanistan, and founded two literacy projects for women, the Camel Book Drive and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

Hamilton [,] 55, will talk about her fifth and most-recent novel, “What Changes Everything,” on Tuesday night at the Columbus Museum of Art during a Thurber House “Evenings With Authors” program. ...

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