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THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY:
THE DEVIL, MY BROTHER, AND ME

"A riveting nonfiction account of a sister’s dedication to and love for her brother. Debut author Wilson’s work is a searing indictment of abuses by the Catholic Church, specifically about what her sibling, Timothy, suffered at the age of 13. She and her brother speak openly about the past in these pages, and this memoir’s guiding light is her deep, moving love and devotion to him...Wilson also presents a timely meditation on religion’s role in the modern world and in her life as she struggles with the Catholic Church’s hypocrisies."

 

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THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY:

THE DEVIL, MY BROTHER, AND ME

 

In this powerful true crime memoir, Joan Nockels Wilson recounts a woman’s quest to confront the priest who sexually molested her brother. It is also the heartbreaking story of the traumatic effects on an Irish-American family after they discover that Joan’s younger brother, Tim, was sexually molested by their Chicago parish priest, Rev. John Baptist Ormechea.

 

Twenty years after the fact, Joan's brother revealed the abuse after reading the Boston Globe’s exposé of predatory priests, later enacted in the film Spotlight. Living in Alaska, far from her family’s Chicago home, Joan plunged into a guilt-tinged depression. She then became consumed by what she saw as the priest’s treachery as the priest had often been at their dinner table and had even presided over the wedding of Joan and her first husband.

 

Set in Rome, Chicago, and Anchorage, and spanning thirty years from crime to confrontation, The Book of Timothy: The Devil, My Brother, and Me recounts a sister’s journey, partly through trickery, but eventually through truth, to gain a long absent admission from the priest who abused her brother...

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Joan Nockels Wilson

Joan Nockels Wilson is a writer and lawyer. A native of Chicago and a forever-learner, she has studied at Northwestern University, University of California Berkeley, Lewis and Clark College, and the University of Alaska. She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction, is a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist award winner, and is a member of the Bread Loaf community of writers. Her work has appeared in literary journals and audio shows, most recently Entropy Magazine, Cirque and Arctic Entries. She lives with her husband, daughter, and a vizsla named Vivian in Anchorage, Alaska. This is her first book.... MORE

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
at 6 PM (PT):

THE ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY, SEATTLE  (VIRTUAL)

9050 King St, Anchorage, AK 99515
Virtual event with Joan Nockels Wilson, Tim Nockels, and
Erika Schickel, author of The Big Hurt

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
at 7 PM (EST):

BOOKS & BOOKS, MIAMI (VIRTUAL)

Virtual event with Joan Nockels Wilson, Tim Nockels and
author John Dufresne

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Thursday, January 27, 2022: 

WRITER’S BLOCK BOOKSTORE & CAFE, ANCHORAGE, AK 
(IN-PERSON) -- RESCHEDULED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS (STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE AND TIME)

In-person event with Joan Nockels Wilson and
Kathleen Tarr, author of We Are All Poets Here. 
3956 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99517

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February 4, 2022 at 7 PM (Alaska Time) 

KUSKOKWIM CONSORTIUM LIBRARY, BETHEL, AK (IN-PERSON)

In-person event with Joan Nockels Wilson. A reading and difficult conversation
in an Alaskan community hit hard by the clergy sex abuse crisis and the Jesuit order.
420 State Highway, Bethel, Alaska 

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Thursday March 17, 2022, 6 - 7 PM:  

49 WRITERS READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES (IN-PERSON)

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