|A Los Angeles Childhood - In Memory and Celebration|
|Thursday, 27 January 2011 20:39|
Monday evening, January 17th, was one of memory and celebration as 120 people came to Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse for the book launch and the first public reading of "Saving Myself: a Los Angeles childhood" in my new hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Debbie Friedman, the Jewish American Composer and Singer who died January 9th, 2011.
The gathering listened as I brought to life a childhood which obscured for over fifty years until it appeared on the pages of my journal, as I described to someone in the Question and Answer period when she asked how I remembered things that happened so long ago.
Another question during the Q & A was, "How long did it take to write this book?" My answer: thirteen years.
"And how did you choose the title?" People laughed as Queen Stinky came forward in the memoir and my uncle said, "If this is what having a child is like, I don't want one." and the possible title: "Queen Stinky, It's All About Me" one of the possible titles given to me in a very long list of titles, by three of my neighbors.
I read about my loneliness in a world of adults and the audience rejoiced with me when I read about my new friend in "Jews Don't Have Saints."
They mourned with me during the beginning, "1943"and were understanding as only parents can be when I found out about my dead mother.
This evening of remembering and bearing witness was one of joy for me and I hope for those in the audience.
One of the women had me autograph her book, Queen Stinky. And the teenagers there said they understood that what was read and spoken about were universal truths, of discrimination, of loss, and the need for friendship.
For me the evening was one of returning home!
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