AAPLD–in partnership with area libraries–is thrilled to celebrate the success of local author Nick Medina. His debut thriller, Sisters of the Lost Nation, has garnered both critical acclaim and commercial success. There are two upcoming events this fall to mark this achievement:
On Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00 pm, the library will hold an online discussion about the novel. Register here, and we’ll reserve a copy of the novel for you to pick up.
On Monday, November 6, at 7:00 pm, we’ll welcome Nick to the Lake in the Hills Village Hall where he will share stories about how the book came to be, his experiences with the publishing industry, and the epidemic of missing Native and Indigenous women and girls. Space is limited, so register now.
Published earlier this year by Random House, the novel tells the story of Anna Horn, a young Native girl driven to find answers about the women mysteriously disappearing from her tribe’s reservation. Anna’s quest leads her to delve into the myths and stories of her people, all while being haunted herself.
“Sisters of the Lost Nation weaves Native folklore with truths that we feel in our bones to create a story that is as beautiful as it is sad, as powerful as it is frightening, as familiar as it is otherworldly.”
—Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor and The Hunger
“Who’s responsible for the disappearance of members of Louisiana’s Takoda tribe? That question, inspired by the real-life epidemic of disappearances of Native Americans in both the U.S. and Canada, drives the plot of Medina’s pulse-pounding debut….Medina resolves the plot well and gracefully weaves real-life concerns about disappearing Native people into the whodunit plot. This author is off to a strong start.”
Nick Medina, a Chicago native, has long held a fascination with local legends and folklore. He has embarked on journeys to uncover the truth behind legends such as Resurrection Mary, the “Italian Bride,” the “Devil Baby,” and other Windy City ghost stories. His inspiration for “Sisters of the Lost Nation” came from reading a Chicago Tribune article about the disappearance of a young Native woman. As a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Medina was also influenced by stories told by older family members and the eerie atmosphere of the bayou. The novel features several supernatural myths and legends, while also shedding light on the epidemic of missing and murdered Native and Indigenous women and girls.
In addition to his writing, Medina holds degrees in organizational and multicultural communication and has worked as a college instructor. He enjoys playing the guitar when he’s not engaged in writing or exploring haunted cemeteries.