Rene Denfeld is the author of the acclaimed novels The Child Finder and The Enchanted, as well as essays in publications such as the New York Times. Rene’s literary thriller, The Child Finder, explores themes of survival, resiliency and redemption It received much acclaim, including a starred Library Journal review, glowing NYTBR review, and an Indie Next pick. Landing as the #1 fiction bestseller at Powell’s within its first week, the Child Finder became a top #10 bestseller. Her third novel, The Butterfly Girl, will be published Oct 1, 2019.
Rene’s lyrical, beautiful writing is inspired by her work with sex trafficking victims and innocents in prison. Rene was the Chief Investigator at a public defender’s office and has worked hundreds of cases. In addition to her advocacy work, Rene has been a foster adoptive parent for twenty years. She was awarded the Break The Silence Award in Washington, DC in 2017 for her social justice work, and was named one of the heroic stories of the year by the New York Times.
The child of a difficult history herself, Rene is an accomplished speaker who loves connecting with others. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the happy mom of three kids adopted from foster care as well as other foster kids.
Talks and Topics
The Child Finder - Author Presentation
The Enchanted - Author Presentation
How Public Libraries Saved My Life
Healing from Trauma
Mass Incarceration, Public Defense and Marginalized Populations
What is Justice?
How we can Use Trauma to Heal Others and Ourselves
Check Rene's Availability
Previous & Upcoming Events:
May 4, 2019: Bay Area Book Festival - San Fransisco, CA
May 18, 2019: The Compose Conference - Oregon City, OR
In the News:
“It’s Not Just the Border Crisis: Our Culture Truly Does Not Prioritize Families” - The Washington Post (June 2018)
“Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of The Child Finder” - Psychology Today (Sept 2017)
“Four Castaways Make a Family” - The New York Times (Aug 2017)
“After a Childhood of Wishing for a New Family, I Found My Dream in Adulthood” - The Washington Post (Aug 2017)