KILLINGLY By Katharine Beutner

Sunday, June 4, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Katharine Beutner, author of Killingly (Soho Press 2023) will launch her book on Sunday, June 4th at 7 p.m at The BottleHouse Brewery, 2050 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights.

Edmund White Award-winning author Katharine Beutner takes a real-life unsolved mystery and crafts it into an unforgettable historical portrait of academia, family trauma, and the risks faced by women who dared to pursue unconventional paths at the end of the 19th century. 

Bertha Mellish, "the most peculiar, quiet, reserved girl" at Mount Holyoke College, is missing. One cold November morning the junior is spotted walking through the Massachusetts woods; then, she vanishes. As a search team dredges the pond where she might have drowned, Bertha's panicked father and sister arrive at the campus desperate to find some clue as to her fate or state of mind. Bertha's best friend, Agnes, a scholarly loner studying medicine, might know the truth, but she is being unhelpfully tightlipped, inciting the suspicions of Bertha's family, her classmates, and the private investigator hired by the Mellish family doctor. As secrets from Agnes and Bertha's lives come to light, so do the competing agendas driving each person who is searching for Bertha. Where did Bertha go? Who would want to hurt her? And could she still be alive? 

Katharine Beutner is an assistant professor of English at the College of Wooster in Ohio; previously, she taught at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. She earned a BA in Classical Studies at Smith College and an MA in English (creative writing) and a PhD in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first novel, Alcestis, won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and was a finalist for other awards, including the Lambda Literary Association's Lesbian Debut Fiction Award. Her writing has appeared in TinfishThe Los Angeles Review of BooksPublic Books, The Toast, TriQuarterlyHumanities, and other publications. Recently, she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. She is the editor in chief of The Dodge, a magazine of eco-writing and translation.


Event address: 
2050 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Killingly By Katharine Beutner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641294379
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - June 6th, 2023

Alcestis By Katharine Beutner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641295512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Press - September 5th, 2023