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Lowell Lecture

From the Living to the Telling: An Evening with Two Bestselling Memoirists

Date & Time

Jan. 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108
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Presenting Organization

Old South Meeting House


Adult Education Courses

Thursday, January 28, 5:30 pm

(Snow Date Thursday, February 4, 5:30 pm)

From the Living to the Telling: An Evening with Two Bestselling Memoirists Co-Presented by Old South Meeting House and the Boston Literary District Co-Sponsored by GrubStreet, Boston Public Library, Boston Athenaeum, Boston Book Festival, Emerson College, Suffolk University, and The Drum Literary Magazine

What is it like to hold your life up for the world to examine? How do writers sift through memories and shape them into a story? Critically acclaimed authors Alysia Abbott and Howard Axelrod know. Abbott authored Fairyland, about growing up with her gay father in 1980s San Francisco – a book the New York Times Book Review calls a “daughter’s compassionate, clear-eyed reckoning” with her “girlhood at the dawn of the gay liberation movement.” Axelrod penned The Point of Vanishing, which describes his two years in solitude in the Vermont woods after a freak accident. Booklist, in a starred review, calls his work an "elegant, questioning memoir." Come hear these two local authors speak about their experiences – both living them, and re-telling them decades later.

Book sales at this event courtesy of More than Words, a Waltham-based nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

Reception with light refreshments from 5:30-6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm.

This FREE public event is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute.