As the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination nears, conspirary-theorists and historians are descending upon our city to revisit the assassination and what it might mean for Americans half a century later.
Bobbi Kornblit’s novel, “Shelter from the Texas Heat,” addresses the assassination with an approach that hits a little closer to home for the people that lived in North Dallas and Preston Hollow during the ’60s.
Kornblit grew up in Dallas, and was a student at John J. Pershing Elementary during the “Kennedy camelot years.”
“Even though I was a child when he was elected President, he had such charisma that I was very excited,” Kornblit says.
“When Kennedy was assassinated, it haunted me for years,” she says.
The author later graduated form Hillcrest High School and had a career in marketing before moving to Georgia and writing “Shelter from the Texas Heat.” She now teaches numerous writing workshops and is a journalist for several local newspapers around Atlanta.
The novel follows the story of three generations of women living in Dallas, and the impact of the historical event on their family lives. The main character, Rachel Frank, Kornblit says, comes full circle when she revisits the Sixth Floor Museum as an adult.
Kornblit will be in the neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 2-4 p.m. to discuss her novel at the Preston Royal library. She will address her background growing up in Dallas, her writing process, connections to the assasination, and themes of racial and religious prejudice that are addressed in her book.
Kornblit says she is thrilled to revisit the same library that she regularly attended as a Hillcrest student, only this time as a published author.
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