OLIVIA KATE CERRONE’s The Hunger Saint is a story of hope and survival set in post-WWII Italy. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale,” this historical novella sheds light on the little-known practice of child labor abuse in the sulfur mines of rural Sicily. Cerrone’s Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Jack Dyer Prize from the Crab Orchard Review. She’s received various literary honors, including residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, where she was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from the NEA. Drawing from over five years of research, Cerrone will discuss her writing process, including travels to Sicily, where she visited former mining sites and conducted oral histories among surviving miners. She will also do a short reading from the book and answer any related questions.