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A Novel About Finding Hope In Dark Times

The cover for 'Amidst This Fading Light.'
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How does a community move on after unspeakable tragedy? Author Rebecca Davis explores this question in her debut novel “Amidst This Fading Light” (SFK Press/2018). The historical fiction book is loosely based on a 1929 murder in Davis’ small hometown of Germanton, North Carolina.

Davis first started writing about the gruesome story in college, and as her fascination continued, her approach to telling the story evolved. In the novel, she sets the work in the fictional, rural piedmont town of Germantown against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Host Frank Stasio talks to Davis about the inspiration behind this book, her writing style, and what she is working on next. Davis is an affiliated assistant professor of creative writing at Salem College in Winston-Salem.

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Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.