6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
A Maine native, Lois earned her BA in history from the University of Maine. Her love of history and travel led her to seek out unique and beautiful places which she shares through her blog and now her book, Nearaway Places.
In the process of delving into their mothers’ worlds, the authors of this unique anthology unearthed complex histories filled with love, laughter, trauma, courage, resilience and determination.
Written with heart and honesty, the authors tell their mothers’ stories, complete with their strengths and imperfections, and with special consideration given to how the circumstances and social norms of their mothers’ era both shaped and compelled their mothers’ choices.
Compassionate Journey: Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories will be presented by authors Maggie Butler, Cheryl Gillespie, Jenny Radsma, Martha Rice, and Jane Sloven.
Please join us for readings and a discussion. Books will be available for sale.
“Huge and beautiful” ~ Monica Wood
“An exceptional read” ~ Meredith Hall
“[A book filled with] light and darkness, of sorrow, anger, tenderness and insight” ~ Michelle Cacho-Negrete
CLICK HERE and scroll down to read more about the authors.
We are delighted that Elizabeth Berg has included the Thomas Memorial Library in her August tour of New England libraries! She will talk to us about the writing process, will read from a couple of her books, and will be available afterwards to sign books.
Elizabeth is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including novels, two short story collections, two Facebook compilations, a manual on writing, Escaping Into the Open, and a stage adaptation of her book, The Pull of the Moon. Her books have been translated into 37 languages and three were turned into television movies. Open House was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection, and she appeared on Oprah with Talk Before Sleep and Family Traditions. She received the New England Booksellers Association award for her body of work, The American Library Association’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for an ABBY, an award for bookseller’s favorite books. Elizabeth has been honored by both the Boston and Chicago Public Libraries and is a popular and entertaining public speaker.
More about Elizabeth
Elizabeth was born on December 2, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota. When she was 3, her father re-enlisted in the Army and she grew up on bases from Texas to Germany, sometimes attending as many as three schools a year. Returning to this country she worked as a receptionist in a law firm, a waitress, an actress in an improvisational theater group and the lead singer in a rock band. She later attended the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University, where she earned a nursing degree. She says that her ten years as a registered nurse was her “school” for writing – taking care of patients taught her a lot about human nature, hope, fear, love and loss, regret and triumph. And it helped her to understand the importance of relationships, which are often the focus of her work.
Elizabeth lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her partner Bill, dog Gabby, and cat Gracie.
This talk is brought to you with the generous support of the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation.