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Lost & Found & Forgetting: Memoir as an Act of Moving Forward
May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
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With KATHRYN SCHULZ and ALEXIS ORGERA. These two memoirs examine the pain of losing fathers, but something else is found in the process of loss, in the process of writing, and in the process of thinking about loved ones. These are powerful looks at how vital an engagement with a difficult past becomes to a hopeful future. As a bonus, moderator CASEY CEP has a prominent role in one book’s reengagement with life.
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KATHYRN SCHULZ is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. She won a National Magazine Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 2015 for “The Really Big One,” an article about seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Lost & Found grew out of “Losing Streak,” which was originally published in The New Yorker and later anthologized in The Best American Essays. Her other essays and reporting have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Food Writing. A native of Ohio, she lives with her family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
ALEXIS ORGERA is a poet-writer, book editor, and publisher living in North Carolina. She’s the author of two poetry collections in addition to Head Case: My Father, Alzheimer’s & Other Brainstorms (Kore Press, December 2021). Her work can be found in literary magazines like the Bennington Review, Black Warrior Review, Carolina Quarterly, Chattahoochee Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Indianapolis Review, Interim, Massachusetts Review, Passages North, Prairie Schooner, Third Coast, and elsewhere.
CASEY CEP is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her first book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and is available in paperback, hardcover, as an e-book, and as an audiobook