Reed will be performing a 15-minute dramatic monologue based on the main character of his new historical novel, Both My Sons. It tells the story of an immigrant father who wants a peaceful life with his two sons, the older illegitimate one whom he loves and the younger legitimate one that he has never understood. The outbreak of war in the early Pennsylvania forest only complicates things. Reed will also speak briefly about the challenges of writing a historical novel. It is the story of Swiss-German refugees who came to America as "boat people." As many as 30% died on the voyage. Those who arrived safely often faced disease and wilderness conditions.