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November 2014 Third Thursday Panel

11/20/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Writing About Loved Ones

Telling the Truth without Losing Your Place at the Holiday Table

Thursday, November 20, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)


We as writers, particularly memoirists, novelists, and essayists, often pull from our own lives in order to explore certain truths. At times a family member, good friend, spouse or partner is the focus of your story -- at times you are at the center, but they are in the frame. And sometimes an experience of yours becomes the basis for a novel or story, and yet others were part of that prompting piece of history. 

What are the rules for writing about loved ones -- or are there any? How can a writer do his/her work without risking relationships?  Is it possible to be truthful but do no harm?

Join us November 20 when we welcome these four distinguished authors to our Third Thursday panel...


Robert Rummel Hudson

Robert grew up in Odessa and currently lives in Plano with his wife Julie and daughter Schuyler. His first book, Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter, tells the story of raising a little girl with a disability and learning to become the father she needs. It was published in February 2008 by St. Martin's Press and was released in trade paperback in January 2009. Robert's story has been featured in numerous periodicals and radio programs, and his wise and witty observations on life can be found at his blog, Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords.


Donna M. Johnson

Donna is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. Oprah named the book to her Memoirs We Love list twice. Holy Ghost Girl won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize and took top honors at the Books for a Better Life Awards in Manhattan. Donna’s work has been collected in several anthologies. She has written about religion, family and culture for Huffington Post, The Rumpus, the Psychology Today blog, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications.

Leila Levinson

Leila's book, Gated Grief, was a finalist for the 2013 Texas Book Award in nonfiction and won the Story Circle's 2012 Sarton Memoir Award as well as the Military Writers Society President's Award. She has taught writing and the literature of the Holocaust at St. Edward's since 2003, and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Texas Observer, and the WWII Quarterly.




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