Janet Richards | Writing A Memoir Later In Life
Janet Richards will read from her work and share her experience of writing and publishing two memoirs in her sixth decade of life.
Janet Richards began writing as a Town Crier for the Moscow Pullman Daily News late in life. She is the author of Crossing the River Sorrow, One Nurse's Story (Westbow 2013), excerpts of which were published in the American Journal of Nursing and an anthology entitled Reflections on Nursing. Her second book, Only A Shadow (Westbow 2018), received The Indy Human Relations Compassion Book of the Year Award. Janet lives in Moscow where she is a volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul and a member of Palouse Women Artists.
Crossing the River Sorrow tells the story of one woman's plunge from a sheltered childhood in the '50's into the world of medicine, and her personal search for answers to questions about suffering. A single moment at the bedside of a paralyzed girl begins her journey on the River Sorrow, which takes her on a life-long quest to come to terms with the problem of pain.
A lemonade stand, a principals tender heart, a Bundt cake, and a young boys invitation to a funeral all come together to begin this extraordinary journey. Does everything happen for a reason? Is there such a thing as divine providence? How does one reconcile belief in a merciful God of love with the inscrutable, inequitable nature of human suffering?
Bestselling author and renowned professor Mary Karr offers a master class in the essential elements of great memoir—delivered with her signature wit, insight, and candor.