One Read author Andrea Barrett talks inspiration, craft with audience

Friday, September 18, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After spending the earlier part of the day signing copies of her novel, “The Air We Breathe,” Andrea Barrett discussed the book with an audience Thursday night at Columbia College.

“The Air We Breathe” was published in October 2007 and is set in 1916. Barrett focuses on connections tuberculosis patients made while living in private cottages or in a public sanatorium. At the same time, World War I brings home feelings of both prejudice and protection.

The audience in Columbia College’s Launer Auditorium consisted mainly of an older generation, who expressed an interest in the history associated with World War I.

“We as writers don’t often get chances to interact with such large groups of devoted readers,” Barrett said.