Harrison High alum inspires at Livonia book signing

Harrison High School alum Ruta Sepetys, now a New York Times best-selling author, inspired Power Middle School eighth grader Rosalind Thies, who attended Sepetys’ recent author talk and book signing in Livonia.

Ruta Sepetys Harrison High School graduate
Ruta Sepetys is pictured (right) with student Rosalind Thies. (Farmington Public Schools)

Sepetys, an internationally acclaimed author who writes historical fiction, is published in more than 60 countries and 40 languages. She has been called a “crossover” novelist, as her books are read by both students and adults.

Known for giving voice to those underrepresented in history, Sepetys uses her passion for history and writing to foster global dialogue and connectivity. The Carnegie Medal winner was honored on a postage stamp, received the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania, and has been invited to present at NATO, European Parliament, the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and embassies worldwide.

Sepetys received the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Fellowship for her studies on human resilience, and her book, Between Shades of Gray is now a feature-length film, titled “Ashes in the Snow.”

The daughter of a Lithuanian refugee, Sepetys was born in Michigan and raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She also attended Highmeadow Elementary School and Warner Middle School, and she now lives with her family in the hills of Tennessee.