In her harrowing 2014 memoir, The Other Side, Johnson wrote about being raped, kidnapped, and held hostage by her ex-boyfriend. A finalist for awards including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime, the account prompted a reader to ask Johnson what she would like to have happen to her assailant. The short answer is that she wants him to admit his crimes and spend his life in service to others. The longer answer is this thoughtful collection of essays in which Johnson draws on art, philosophy, mythology, film, and her own life to explore notions of truth and fairness, meditate on how ideas of justice could expand to include acts of compassion and grace, and examine wrongs ranging from workplace harassment to environmental degradation to police killings.
Johnson will be in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco, author of the memoir The Glass Eye.