Bestselling author speaks to packed house

Hesston Mennonite Church was filled to capacity for Calcaterra’s presentation on her book and her work.
Hesston Mennonite Church was filled to capacity for Calcaterra’s presentation on her book and her work.

About 700 people gathered at Hesston College Oct. 5, completely filling the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary, to hear New York Times bestselling author Regina Calcaterra share her story of child neglect, interaction with the foster care system and how small acts of caring make a difference to a child in need. Led by the college’s First-year Experience course, Calcaterra’s memoir Etched in Sand has served as the community read for the college and greater community during the fall 2015 semester. Along with the college community and many interested individuals, groups participating in the community read included book clubs from Hesston Public Library, Newton Public Library and the Moundridge High School senior English class.