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The Haddon Fortnightly Lecture Series with Author Lorene Carey

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The Haddon Fortnightly

301 Kings Highway East

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

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Afternoon author lecture, book signing and reception. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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Spend an afternoon with author Lorene Carey to hear about her new memoir, Ladysitting. Following the lecture, the author will sign books (supplied by Inkwood Books of Haddonfield), and guests may enjoy a reception with delicious light refreshments.

Admission to the lecture and reception, plus a signed copy of Ladysitting, is $45. Admission to the lecture and reception only is $20. A percentage of ticket sales support the Haddon Fortnightly (a 501c(3)).

About the Book: Lorene Cary’s grandmother moves in, and everything changes: day-to-day life, family relationships, the Nana she knew—even their shared past.

From cherished memories of weekends she spent as a child with her indulgent Nana to the reality of the year she spent “ladysitting” her now frail grandmother, Lorene Cary journeys through stories of their time together and five generations of their African American family. Brilliantly weaving a narrative of her complicated yet transformative relationship with Nana—a fierce, stubborn, and independent woman, who managed a business until she was 100—Cary looks at Nana’s impulse to control people and fate, from the early death of her mother and oppression in the Jim Crow South to living on her own in her New Jersey home.

Cary knew there might be some reckonings to come. Nana was a force: Her obstinacy could come out in unanticipated ways—secretly getting a driver’s license to show up her husband, carrying on a longtime feud with Cary’s father. But Nana could also be devoted: to Nana’s father, to black causes, and—Cary had thought—to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Facing the inevitable end raises tensions, with Cary drawing on her spirituality and Nana consoling herself with late-night sweets and the loyalty of caregivers. When Nana doubts Cary’s dedication, Cary must go deeper into understanding this complicated woman. In Ladysitting, Cary captures the ruptures, love, and, perhaps, forgiveness that can occur in a family as she bears witness to her grandmother’s 101 vibrant years of life.

About the author: Lorene Cary is the author of three novels, including If Sons, Then Heirs, a non-fiction Underground Railroad book for children, and the memoir Black Ice. She is the founder of Art Sanctuary, which provides art programs for African Americans in Philadelphia, where Cary lives, and SafeKidsStories.org, which publishes stories by and about youth. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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