Northshire Bookstore Author Talks
Northshire Bookstore in Manchester will hold two author events this week. On Friday, January 15, at 7 p.m., authors Steve Gordan and Irene Kacandes will explore discussing death and dying. Their book, ‘Let’s Talk About Death’ takes up challenging questions about pain, caregiving, grief and what comes after death. Their collaboration came about as a result of the murders of two of Irene’s closest friends, and Steve’s support in perpetuating the memories of those friends’ lives, and not just their violent ends. The authors share the results of a no-holds-barred discussion they conducted via email for several years. Letting ourselves pose certain questions has the potential to profoundly change the way we think about death, how we choose to die and just as importantly, the way we live.
On Saturday, January 16, at 7 p.m., Folklorist Jane Beck will discuss ‘Daisy Turner’s Kin,’ the story of Daisy Turner, the daughter of freed African American slaves. Beck began a series of interviews with Turner in 1983, then 100 years old, and still relating four generations of oral history. Beck uses Turner’s storytelling to build the Turner family saga, using at its foundation the oft-repeated touchstone stories at the heart of their experiences; the abduction into slavery of Turner’s African ancestor; Daisy’s father Alec Turner learning to read; his return as a soldier to his former plantation to kill his former overseer; and Daisy’s childhood stand against racism. Other stories recreate enslavement and her father’s life in Vermont. At the same time, Beck weaves in historical research and offers a folklorist’s perspective on oral history and the hazards – and uses – of memory. For information, call 802-362-2200 or visit northshire.com.