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Sarah Townsend and Liz Scott Reading and in Conversation about their Memoirs
June 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Authors Sarah Townsend and Liz Scott in conversation about their memoirs.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Setting the Wire by Sarah Townsend is a memoir of postpartum psychosis and a meditation on containment: what we hold and what holds us together. A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah Townsend’s debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology. Setting the Wire is a visceral reflection on the experience of fragmentation as a young psychotherapist and new mother.
Liz Scott’s memoir, This Never Happened, goes in search of the answers to the mysteries of her family. In her relentless quest to uncover the truth, she mines photographs and letters, leaving no one, including herself, unexamined. This is a spare work, alternately heartbreaking and darkly comic. In the end, it’s about the struggle to clear away pain to make room for compassion, and the challenge of making peace with questions that will never be answered.