Lisa Tracy shares a laugh with the audience at Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia, where she read from “Objects of Our Affection” and signed books on April 15, 2010. For other author appearances, click on the Events link above.
Could letting go of our stuff be a divorce? For some of us, it’s not far removed. People have cried during readings of OBJECTS. They are often the ones who’ve just had to deal with closing down a parent’s house, sorting all the stuff, throwing out, selling, donating … downsizing plus.
BOY, do I sympathize. This is not easy. It’s not even easy to sort the stuff on your own desk, let alone your parents’ attic.
It’s not a divorce. Put down that idea and step away slowly! It’s a passage; a transformation; it’s sending the kids off to college or to a great job in a new town where they will thrive … in this case, it might be sending the furniture or the tschotschkes off to a new house. It’s OK!
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BookWorks is the bookstore par excellence … we had a big turnout despite our day there coinciding with an 11,000-person footrace through the city. INDIES RULE!
Thanks to Betsy, and to Connie and Dick, for their most excellent hospitality. Betsy’s book club turned out in force, and we had a really interesting discussion about the stuff and who’s right now struggling with how to lighten the load. It’s the stories … write ‘em down, put them somewhere secure … in about 20 years, someone is going to want them!
Fort Verde, where grandmother Bessie was a little girl in Apache territory, welcomed OBJECTS for a 19th century day at the old Army post … compleat with church service, and then a reading. The book sold out. Thanks to Sheila Stubler and staff for a great day in the high desert hills there north of Phoenix. Fort Verde is an historical gem, with great tours and a great staff, and was recently on the docket to be closed because of Arizona’s budget crunch. Please, if you are in Arizona, put it on your must-see list. It has a marvelous museum and its archives are a researcher’s dream.
Tucson … ever a favorite city … where I caught up with some of my dearest friends and Suzanne, Betsty, Bev and I attended the gala modern dance concert dedicated to our star among the stars, astronomer Walter Rice … did a reading at the Borders on North Oracle, then got to see Joe McGrath in a stellar OTHELLO. Not poppy, nor mandragora, Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world…
The Georgia Center for the Book played host to OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION on a cool April night, and we got into a great discussion about how to save the memories/stories/family that are IN the furniture, without having to actually keep all of Aunt Nelly’s — or in the case of OBJECTS, great-grandma Nelly’s — tschotschkes.
And even more thanks must go to hosts extraordinaire Esther and Jim, and their scintillating cadre of friends. We had a rollicking evening at their Atlanta home, with a sumptuous buffet and a reading — one of my first at that point, and I really have to thank all of the guests that evening for their generous listening and many good comments. Thanks, y’all!
Highlights of the tour in Philadelphia were a fabu gathering chez Marian Uhlman and Ted Duncombe, a dinner party for friends and neighbors followed by a reading and signing …
… and two big readings, one at Robin’s Books on South 13th (thanks, Robin’s — your Moonstone space is awesome!) and one at Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, which had the amazing kids’ art show up on the walls and many familiar faces in the audience. Thanks to all the friends, old and new, who turned out for these two events. The conversations around the book, our stuff and what to do about all those possessions where lively, to say the least!… and an afternoon aboard the U.S.S. Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum, where I talked about the naval connections in OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION, and ran a great Power Point slide show about Adm. William Maxwell Wood, first Surgeon-General of the U.S. Navy …
Two stops in New York … the first you already know about, our great evening at Posman Books, followed by a soiree on the East Side.
Second trip to NYC was on April 8, the eve of the anniversary of the Bataan surrender in 1942 and the start of the Bataan Death March. It was truly an honor to be speaking to an audience at the NY Philippine Consulate General about Bataan, Corregidor, and grandfather Gen. Charles E. Kilbourne’s role in building the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, which was the U.S. and Philippines’ last line of defense during that grim spring 58 years ago. More about “Charlie” — as we called him — and the Tunnel later.
Consul General Cecilia B. Rebong acknowledges with deep appreciation Ms. Lisa Tracy and her inspiring talk. Ms. Tracy emphasized the deep affection of her grandfather for the Philippines.