Vesper Stamper

August 23, 2019
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August 23, 2019 Duc Tinh

Author Vesper Stamper

Tuesday, September 24
6:30 pm
Founders Hall Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Award-winning author and illustrator Vesper Stamper will appear at Northwestern Connecticut Community College on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall auditorium. There will be a short book signing and reception after the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in Germany and raised in New York City, Vesper Stamper has been an illustrator for more than 20 years and now also writes and illustrates novels of historical fiction. Her debut illustrated young adult novel, What the Night Sings, about the post-Holocaust period, was a Golden Kite Honor Book awardee. It was a National Book Award nominee and a Morris Award finalist as well. Both the Wall Street Journal and Kirkus named What the Night Sings a best young adult book of 2018.

Told through words and beautiful black-and-white illustrations done by the author, the story follows Gerta, a teen survivor trying to navigate through, and beyond, the displaced persons camp where she finds herself relocated to after the concentration camps. Coping with her losses and the continuing struggle of survival and rebuilding her future, Gerta begins to reclaim who she is and what she has lost. It is a story of redemption, hope, and identity.

Stamper has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Ben Stamper, and her two children, in the Northeast.

This event is sponsored by the NCCC Cultural Planning Committee and supported by the Northwestern Community College Foundation.

For more information, contact April Parsons at