The epidemic was encephalitis lethargica, a brain disorder, which in the first half of the 20th century afflicted millions, from Europe to the U.S. No less an authority than Oliver Sacks, who wrote on the disease in his book Awakenings, has called Asleep "a brilliant, deeply moving account" of the patients who suffered from encephalitis and the doctors who sought to cure it.
Meet Molly Caldwell Crosby when she discusses and signs Asleep at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on Tuesday, March 2nd, at 6 p.m. Questions? Call the store at 901-683-9801. For more on Asleep and its author, see the March issue of Memphis magazine.
The event will take place on the school's Macon Cove campus inside the Bert Bornblum Library. The reading's at 12:15 p.m; the two-hour workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. Both the reading and workshop are free and open to the public.
And while it may be too late to submit a sample of your work for discussion, you can still attend the workshop as an auditor. For more information on auditing, contact Thad Cockrill at 333-4604.
"But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering."
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Sandra Hamer — novelist, poet, playwright, teacher, and former broadcaster on Memphis television — signs her novel Glory ... The Hair on Saturday, February 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m. The place? Not a beauty shop but The Beauty Shop, the restaurant at 966 S. Cooper. It's your chance to get one thing straight, and it's got nothing to do with relaxer: What is "j"?
It's the story of a woman who died in 1951, but it's her surviving cell line that has made her "immortal" and the source of endless — and history-making — medical research. Skloot's book brings that story for the first time to full light. Or haven't you heard?