In Fairyland, which won an ALA Stonewall Award, Abbott chronicles her Haight-Ashbury upbringing with an openly bisexual father who succumbed to AIDS. Wickersham’s The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist, is a wise, moving, and often surprisingly humorous account of how she and her family endured in the aftermath of her gentle, affectionate father’s shocking suicide. The two authors will discuss their memoirs, their writing lives, and their other work.
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The Eight Edition of the Festival America celebrates the literature of the United States in all its richness and diversity. Fifty American writers, as many as the states that make up the country, will meet in Vincennes for four days of round tables, conversations, and meetings with their French readers. Read more
How do writers sift through memories and shape them into a story? Find out on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from critically acclaimed authors. Alysia Abbott and Howard Axelrod.
Abbott authored Fairyland, a book the New York Times Book Review calls a “daughter’s compassionate, clear-eyed reckoning” with her “girlhood at the dawn of the gay liberation movement. Axelrod penned The Point of Vanishing, which described his two years in solitude after a freak accident. Booklist calls his work an “elegant, questioning memoir.”
Come hear these two local authors speak about their experiences – both living them and re-telling them decades later.