Turning Memories into Memoirs with Judy Goldman: Talk and Signing
On Wednesday, February 27, at 7pm at Hub City Bookshop, Judy Goldman will give a talk, "Turning Memories Into Memoirs." Judy will use examples from her new book, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, to show how you can turn your own memories into memoir — whether you’re aiming to publish, pass your stories down to family members, or simply write for your own pleasure. A signing will follow her talk.
When Judy Goldman's husband of almost four decades reads a newspaper ad for an injection to alleviate back pain, the outpatient procedure sounds like the answer to his longtime backaches. But rather than restoring his tennis game, the procedure leaves him paralyzed from the waist down--a phenomenon none of the doctors the family consults can explain. Overnight, Goldman's world is turned upside down. Though she has always thought of herself as the polite, demure wife opposite her strong, brave husband, Goldman finds herself thrown into a new role as his advocate, navigating byzantine hospital policies, demanding and refusing treatments, seeking solutions to help him win back his independence.
Along the way, Goldman flashes back to her memories of their life together. As she tries envision her family's future, she discovers a new, more resilient version of herself. Together is a story of the life we imagine versus the life we lead--an elegant and empathetic meditation on partnership, aging, and, of course, love.
Judy Goldman is the author of two memoirs, two novels, and two books of poetry. Her new memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, will be published February 12. Her previous memoir, Losing My Sister, was named a finalist for Memoir of the Year by both Southeast Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and ForeWord Review.
Goldman's two novels are Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back, a finalist for SIBA’s Novel of the Year, winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Fiction. Her two books of poetry are Holding Back Winter and Wanting To Know the End, winner of the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize and the top three prizes for a book of poetry by a North Carolinian – the Roanoke-Chowan Prize, Zoe Kincaid Brockman Prize, and Oscar Arnold Young Prize.
Her work has been published in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and other literary journals; Real Simple magazine; and in numerous anthologies.
Born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, she lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC.