From the Living to the Telling

THU, JAN 28, 2016 (50:09)

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.” The two memoirists speak about their experiences - both living them, and re-telling them decades later. (Photo: Flickr/Meagan, resized)

+ BIO: Alysia Abbott

Alysia Abbott is the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and an ALA Stonewall Award winner and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. She grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the only child of gay poet and writer, Steve Abbott.

+ BIO: Howard Axelrod

Howard Axelrod is the author of the memoir _The Point of Vanishing_. Axelrod currently teaches writing at GrubStreet in Boston and has previously taught at Harvard University, the University of Arizona, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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