Author Howard Axelrod to Visit Northshire Bookstore
Northshire Bookstore is hosting Howard Axelrod, author of ‘The Point of Vanishing,’ at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16. Described as a lyrical memoir of a life changed in an instant and the perilous beauty of searching for identity in solitude, Axelrod’s first book tells how, on a clear May afternoon at the end of his junior year at Harvard, he became permanently blinded in his right eye in a skirmish during a pick-up game of basketball. A week later, he returned to the same dorm room, but to a different world, where nothing looked solid; where the distance between how people saw him and how he saw, had widened into a gulf. Desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, he retreated to a jerry-rigged house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without a computer or television and largely without human contact for two years. He needed to find a sense of meaning that couldn’t be changed in an instant, away from society’s pressures and rush.
Axelrod’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Shambhala Sun and The Boston Globe, among other publications. Axelrod has held teaching positions at Harvard, the University of Arizona, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He currently teaches at Grub Street in Boston, where he lives. Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2200 or visit northshire.com to learn more.