Family Reflections:
Authors Tell Their Stories


A Benefit for Adoption Network Cleveland

All Proceeds Benefit Adoption Network Cleveland

5:30–6:00pm VIP Reception with Author Panel
6:00pm Doors open for general admission
6:20pm Welcome, Introductions
6:30–8:00pm Panel discussion
8:00–9:00pm Reception/Book signing/Raffle browsing
8:30pm Drawing for Raffle Items
9:00pm Event Concludes

Author Panel

Dan Chaon

DanChaonDan Chaon is the author of six works of fiction, all of which deal in some way with themes of adoption and foster care. His most recent book Ill Will, a national bestseller, was named one of the ten best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly. He is also known for Await Your Reply, Among the Missing and Stay Awake. His work has been a finalist for the National Book Award, The Shirley Jackson Award, The Locus Award and the Story Prize, and he was a recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon was adopted as an infant, and was reunited with his birthfather as an adult. Chaon lives in Cleveland.

Paula McLain

PaulaMcClainPaula McLain is best known for her New York Times and internationally best-selling novel, The Paris Wife, which has been published in thirty-four languages. After being abandoned by both of their parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California court system. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself through an array of positions before discovering she could—and very much wanted to—write. Since receiving her MFA in 1996, she’s published four novels, including the bestselling titles, Circling the Sun and Love and Ruin, as well as two collections of poetry, and a memoir of her experiences in foster care, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses. She lives in Cleveland with her family.

Barbara Raymond

BarbaraRaymondBarbara Raymond is the author of the Amazon best-selling nonfiction book, The Baby Thief, which details the impact of Georgia Tann, a baby seller on the institution of adoption. The Baby Thief has been optioned by Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, McCall’s, Parents, and other publications. She is an adoptive mother whose daughter reunited with her birth family with the help of Adoption Network Cleveland. She lives in Lakewood, Ohio.

Loung Ung

LoungUngLoung Ung is a bestselling author, activist and co-screenplay writer of a 2017 Netflix Original Movie directed by Angelina Jolie based on her memoir, First They Killed My Father, now streaming on Netflix in 190 countries. Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge soldiers stormed into her native city of Phnom Penh. Four years later, in one of the bloodiest episodes of the 20th century, some two million Cambodians – out of a population of seven million – had died at the hands of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. In 1980, Loung, her older brother Meng and his wife, escaped by boat to Thailand, where they spent five months in a refugee camp before relocating to the United States in Vermont.

Abby Vandiver

AbbyVandiverAbby Vandiver is a hybrid author of four cozy mystery series. She is part of a kinship and formal adoptive family, which has played major roles in her life. Her latest books, the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, showcase the story of kinship adoption. Her other series include the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, Mars Origin series, Tiny House Mysteries and stand-alone titles Countdown to Atlantis and At the End of the Line, an Amazon Bestseller. Abby lives in Cleveland and enjoys writing, reading and spending time with her four grandchildren, one of whom is adopted.

Moderator – D.M. Pulley

DMPulleyD.M. Pulley’s historical mystery novels revolve around uncovering family secrets and the buried past. In 1949, Pulley’s grandmother left her father with relatives and disappeared for several years, leaving unanswered questions that haunt her family to this day. The mystery of where her grandmother went formed the basis for Pulley’s second novel, The Buried Book. Before becoming a full-time writer, Pulley worked as a professional engineer, rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Her structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She is also the author of The Unclaimed Victim and No One’s Home (due out September 1, 2019).

Story Topic

Adoption Network Cleveland is pleased to present a unique collection of nationally known authors who share two distinctive commonalities – each have published works revolving around stories of adoption, foster care and kinship care and they all reside in Cleveland! Family Reflections – Authors Share Their Stories is a benefit for Adoption Network Cleveland, with proceeds from the event directly supporting programs for individuals, children and families impacted by adoption, kinship and foster care.

Adoption Network Cleveland began more than 30 years ago as a grassroots organization in Northeast Ohio to provide a solution to a community need—responding to requests from individuals and agencies for information about adoption search, openness, referrals and programming. Today that grassroots spirit lives on as the organization engages members of the community through its mission and vision. Adoption Network Cleveland’s mission is to connect and empower individuals, organizations and communities impacted by adoption and foster care, and provide a source of healing for those in need. Our vision is for an inclusive community supporting all those impacted by adoption and foster care.

Adoption Network Cleveland has been at the forefront of cutting-edge programming for members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents). Over the years our work has grown to include serving the needs of youth and teens in and aging out of foster care, kinship and foster families and professionals working with populations served by the organization. Adoption Network Cleveland is the only organization of its kind in Northeast Ohio and is distinctive nationally for taking a comprehensive approach to the advocacy, education and support needs of the entire adoption community. The organization is also a state leader in promoting community awareness and social change by advocating for progressive policies in adoption and foster care practice, policy and law.


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