Loss, Love, and Change
This is a free event, but donations are gladly accepted.
Join us on Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm for a one-hour reading and conversation on the topics of Loss, Love, and Change, in which local authors Rachel Dickinson (Freeville, NY) and Nancy Avery Dafoe (Homer, NY) discuss their published works, involving the audience on topics which touch everyone. Serving as Moderator for the evening event is Jan Bridgeford-Smith, author, grief counselor, and Executive Director of the Women’s Opportunity Center in Ithaca, NY.
Dickinson will read from and refer to her recently published memoir The Loneliest Places, Loss, Grief, and the Long Journey Home (Three Hills, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2022) about the “paralyzing emotions that sometimes left her trapped in her own home” after the tragic suicide of her teenage son Jack.
Dafoe will read from her published memoirs Unstuck in Time, A Memoir and Mystery on Loss and Love (Pen Women Press, 2022) and An Iceberg in Paradise, A Passage through Alzheimer’s (SUNY Press, 2015), discussing both the losses, love, and changes after the sudden death of her 32-year-old son and her mother from Alzheimer’s.
At the conclusion of the discussion with the audience, the authors will offer a list of book titles, in addition to their own, as resources for audience members dealing with grief.
Rachel Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Central New York, is the author of seven books and dozens of articles and essays. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Smithsonian, Audubon, The Atlantic, Aeon, Outside, and Catapult. Her latest book The Loneliest Places: loss, grief, and the long journey home (Three Hills Press, 2022) is a memoir in essays written in the decade since her teenaged son Jack died by suicide.
Nancy Avery Dafoe
Author and educator Dafoe, a resident of Homer, NY, has thirteen published books and numerous stories and poems in journals, magazines, and anthologies. Her memoir about the life and tragic death of her son Blaise, Unstuck in Time, A Memoir and Mystery on Loss and Love (Pen Women Press, 2021) is one of the subjects of our conversation, along with her memoir about her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease: An Iceberg in Paradise, A Passage through Alzheimer’s (SUNY Press, 2015).