NOT THE CAMILLA WE KNEW event at the Henderson Library with Rachael Hanel

Rachael Hanel will join the Henderson Library on Tuesday, January 17 to celebrate the launch of her new book, NOT THE CAMILLA WE KNEW.
  • NOT THE CAMILLA WE KNEW event at the Henderson Library with Rachael Hanel
  • 2023-02-07T18:00:00-06:00
  • 2023-02-07T19:00:00-06:00
  • Rachael Hanel will join the Henderson Library on Tuesday, January 17 to celebrate the launch of her new book, NOT THE CAMILLA WE KNEW.
When Feb 07, 2023
from 18:00 PM to 19:00 PM
Where Henderson Library, 110 S. 6th St., Henderson, MN 56044
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The mystery of how an ordinary Minnesota girl came to be, briefly, one of the most wanted domestic terrorists in the United States

Rachael Hanel will join the Henderson Library on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. for a reading and discussion of her new book, Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman's Path from Small-Town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army.

During this time of mounting unrest and violence, Camilla Hall’s story is of urgent interest for what it reveals about the forces of radicalization. But as Rachael Hanel ventures further into Camilla’s past, searching out the critical points where character and cause intersect, her book becomes an intriguing, disturbing, and deeply moving journey into the dark side of America’s promise.

"In this affecting account, creative writing professor Hanel delves into the life of Camilla Hall, who was raised in rural Minnesota by religious parents and died at 29 in a 1974 shoot-out between members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical group that kidnapped Patty Hearst, and the Los Angeles police. This nuanced portrait will resonate with many."—Publisher’s Weekly

"Who are the shadows in the background of shocking events? Rachael Hanel’s compelling exploration of Camilla Hall, a likable Minnesota social worker turned Berkeley artist turned player in the most notorious political kidnapping of its time, grippingly illuminates the barely perceptible line between an unrelenting passion for justice and devastating choices from which one can’t return."—Barrie Jean Borich, author of Apocalypse, Darling and Body Geographic

"In this captivating work of narrative journalism, Rachael Hanel explores how people can become radicalized in the face of governmental failure, charting the path from idealism to violence to tragedy. At its heart, this is a book about womanhood and belonging—and one woman’s quest to understand another, to find the empathy and humanity that live beyond the headlines if we only try hard enough to see."—Melissa Faliveno, author of Tomboyland: Essays