Memoir as Art, Place

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Thu. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Jon Kay (Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers), Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck (Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home), and Neal Snidow (Vista Del Mar: A Memoir of the Ordinary) share their beautifully creative work about the numerous ways we can see lives.

Why Should You Attend This Program?

“[Folk Art and Aging is] A very important contribution to scholarship in folklife, material culture studies, and gerontology studies…. an imminently readable book…. This is the first book I know of that so carefully first renders specific portraits of older artists, then sensitively and acutely analyzes how the construction and sharing of their work realizes this meaning making.” ―Marsha MacDowell, Professor of Art History at Michigan State University and Curator of Folk Art at Michigan State University Museum

“Photographs and breakout texts from notable writers, poets, and students enrich the authors’ own anecdotes and build layers of historical perspective . . . . As beautiful as it is provocative and urgent, Never Can I Write of Damascus is an enlightening travel memoir that packs a powerful moral punch.” —Scott Neuffer, Foreword Reviews

“Through a wide-angled lens of laser-crisp language, Neal Snidow’s brilliant Vista del Mar directs our gaze to the sea of time. Like a ghostly image coming to life in developing fluid, his tightly focused and artfully framed narrative seizes the moment—a moment in which waves of past and future are subtly engrained. From Hollywood noir to white-hot LA beaches, his story is metered to the black and illuminated with refined sensitivity to shades of light. Singularly his and entirely ours, it is the story of America, moving west, landing at the edge of the sea, and asking, “Now what?” Required reading.” —Thomas Christensen

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