Join author Natasha Trethewey and interviewer Rosemary Magee for a discussion of Trethewey’s memoir, Memorial Drive. The memoir grapples with the South’s history through the lens of her life and the life of her mother, who was murdered by Trethewey’s former step-father. Memorial Drive dives deep into a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, but also into the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse in the American South. Join us in wrapping up the online Decatur Book Festival by engaging in this compelling conversation with one of America’s greatest poets. Charis is proud to be the bookseller for this event. Click to register.
About the Author:
Natasha Trethewey is a former US poet laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. In 2007 she won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard.
About the Interviewer:
Rosemary M. Magee serves as Director of Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) overseeing the collection and development of significant literary and historical materials. Previously, she served as Vice President and Secretary at Emory, where she oversaw university governance processes, and also as Senior Associate Dean of Resources and Planning in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. A leader in Emory’s creative community, Rosemary is chair of Creativity: Art and Innovation, a framing principle of the University’s Strategic Plan, committed to supporting arts performances, scholarship, research, and conversations across campus.
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“[Trethewey’s poems] dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.” —James H.
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19th Poet Laureate of the United States
“A powerful, beautifully crafted book.”—The Washington Post
“Ripe with the perfidies and paradoxes of thralldom both personal and public, it is utterly elegant.”—Elle
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