Bravo 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.
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!