Bravo and Encore!

image002Bravo and Encore!

Last night’s launch for the Red Wheelbarrow Writers anthology MEMORY INTO MEMOIR was the most festive occasion in my recent memory. The people, the presentation, the warmth and sheer energy pulsating around Village Books’ readers’ gallery created one of those rare, spontaneous moments one is privileged to experience, genuine collective energy. In our case, a collective memory.

Chief among the pleasures of the evening for me was that my mother, Peggy Kalpakian Johnson was one of the readers. Her contribution to the anthology is a piece excerpted from her family memoir called SUNSHINE AND SILENCE, about being a student at University of Southern California during World War II. Moreover yesterday, September 16th was my parents’ 72nd wedding anniversary. Theirs was a wartime romance: a young man in the navy meets a chic USC student at USO dance. The rest is history.

Truly history. History is what we were all giving voice to last night. The readers were giving voice to their own personal history. Together we were giving voice to our collective history as the Red Wheelbarrow Writers, a choir of narrative voices who, but for Red Wheelbarrow would not have come together, would not have published this fine book.wjjpkwedding44_0007

Tonight, Saturday September 17th there will be a reprise! And by popular demand, my mom, Peggy Kalpakian Johnson is doing an encore of SUNSHINE AND SILENCE. Come to Village Books at 7 and join the choir!

Comments (4)

  1. Janet Oakley September 17, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Looking forward to coming again tonight. It was a special time. Wonderful turnout. I could listen to SUNSHINE AND SILENCE over and over again.

  2. Linda Benson Cox September 19, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Wish I could be there! In spirit I will be…

  3. Harry Gordon April 27, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Laura, I am pretty sure that your mother was my Spanish teacher at Washington High School in Los Angeles, 1945-1947. “Miss Kalpakian” was my favorite teacher. Her apparent enthusiasm for the “smiling” language made her classes great fun. I still remember most of the Spanish language songs I learned in her classes.

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