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Art of Loss- Four Women Authors Reflect on Death and Loss

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The Art of Loss-Four Women Writers’ Intimate Journey with Death

Authors Mindy Fried, Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, Edie Hartshorne, and Songwriter Betsy Rose share from their memoirs, poetry and songs; stories of the complex relationships of daughters as caregivers, mothers healing from the incomprehensible death of a child, and the universality of loss in an impermanent world.

This event celebrates a rare visit to the Bay Area of Boston sociologist and author Mindy Fried, whose recent memoir Caring For Red is a moving and colorful account of caring for her ninety-seven-year-old father, Manny--an actor, writer, and labor organizer--in the final year of his life. Manny was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, and Mindy was raised as a “red diaper baby” in an atmosphere of fear and stigma. Besides a stirring personal memoir of sisters seeking the best ending for their father, it also tells a political story made chillingly relevant in our current time of rising repression and scapegoating. Shortlisted for the 2017 International Book Award (Memoir).

Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go, by Bay Area author and writing teacher Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, tells the story of her mother’s decision to end her own life and the complex relationships between the author and her sisters as they struggled to accept that choice. The book was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and Paula Span of The New York Times wrote: “I could quote from this book all day.” The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “The questions that rise from her story are urgent, important and timely, sharply focused and engaged with essential ethical questions.”

Edie Hartshorne’s poetic memoir of her adult son’s death, Light in Blue Shadows captures both the brokenness of raw grief and the profound possibilities of healing, with art and music as muses for her journey. Winner of three national book awards (Indie Excellence®, IPPY and Nautalis)

In her latest CD Long For This World, Betsy Rose sings of the “Heavenly Messengers” of sickness, old age and death, rooted in her losses of a daughter, a sister, and both parents. Infused with a spaciousness of perspective rooted in Betsy’s Buddhist practice, these beautifully crafted songs carry the both particularity of our losses, and the universal truth that all is passing and all is precious.


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