Spring 2023 Author Presentation: Ruta Sepetys

Author Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys, author of I Must Betray You and Salt to the Sea, is visiting the campus of The Ohio State University!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
7:00 p.m. EST
Stillman Hall, Room 100

The presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Registration has now closed, as of 04/17/2023.

A book signing will be held after the presentation.

Hourly-rate visitor parking is available in the Arps Garage.

About Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys (Rūta Šepetys) is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is renowned for giving voice to underrepresented history and those who experienced it.  Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, are included on over thirty state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television.

Ruta is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Born in Michigan, she was raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Ruta is passionate about the power of history and story to foster global dialogue and connectivity. She has been invited to present at NATO, European Parliament, the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and Embassies worldwide. She was awarded The Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Fellowship for her studies on human resilience. The New York Times Book Review declared, “Ruta Sepetys acts as champion of the interstitial people so often ignored—whole populations lost in the cracks of history.”

Ruta was bestowed the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania for her contributions to education and memory preservation and was recently honored with a postage stamp containing her image. She is extremely proud to be of Baltic heritage, even if that means she has a name no one can pronounce.

Ruta lives with her family in the hills of Tennessee.

Generous Sponsors



Autumn 2022 Service Project

The Ohio State University chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, in partnership with the OSU College of Social Work, sponsored a Fall Service Project:

Literacy Drive
Please drop-off gently used books (no textbooks), audiobooks, and DVDs that will be donated to the Columbus Metropolitan Library to support literacy in our community.

Drop-off Location
425 Stillman Hall

Collection Dates
December 1-16, 2022

Please contact Chapter President Alex Wenning at wenning.63 at with any questions.