Writer to talk about search for hidden family history

Israeli Holocaust monument sparks interest

Margaret McMullen

Writer Margaret McMullen will talk about her memoir, which traces her journey to find a family history hidden by the Holocaust, at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The reading, which is part of the university’s Spectrum Arts Series, will take place in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The reading is free and open to the public, but those in attendance are required to wear face coverings in keeping with the university’s COVID-19 safety precautions.

McMullen’s newest book is the memoir, “Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return.” After discovering the name of a lost relative at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum, she went on a journey to find her lost relative. After securing a Fulbright cultural fellowship to teach in Hungary, she traces the history of her mother’s Jewish history, even while her mother and father at home in the United States grow frail.

Award-winning writer Joyce Carol Oates said, “‘Where the Angels Lived’ is a powerful testament of familial mourning as well as a vision of 20th century European history that is both searing and uplifting.”

McMullen is also the author of eight other award-winning books, including “In My Mother’s House,” the story collection “Aftermath Lounge” and the anthology, “Every Father’s Daughter.” Her young adult novels, “How I Found the Strong,” “When I Crossed No-Bob,” “Cashay” and “Sources of Light,” have received best book awards from Parents’ Choice, School Library Journal, the American Library Association and Booklist, among many other educational organizations.

For more information on McMullen, visit her website,