Join us Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30pm for an author talk and book signing with Wendy Fairey, author of Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn. Fairey will read from Bookmarked, answer questions from the audience, and books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the Hudson Area Library.
About the author/memoir: Fairey grew up among books. As the shy and studious daughter of famed Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lover during the last years of his life—she began as a child reading her way through the library Fitzgerald had assembled for her mother and escaped into the landscape of classic English novels. With Bookmarked, Fairey blends the genres of personal memoir and literary criticism, as we follow her, refracted through her reading, as student, wife, professor, mother, grandmother, and happily remarried writer.
E. M. Forster’s Howards End helps her cope with a failing marriage; Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Ramsay teaches important lessons about love and memory. Like Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, she learns only as an adult of her Jewish heritage (and learns also the identity of her real father, the British philosopher A. J. Ayer). In this intimate and inspiring book, Wendy Fairey shows that her love of reading has been both a source of deep personal pleasure and key to living a fulfilling and richly self-examined life.