Join Michigan authors Desiree Cooper, Kelly Fordon and Andrew Mozina in our Main Tent at 12:15 as they discuss the various ways the characters in their books search for identity. The discussion will be moderated by author Don Lystra.
In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women—both black and white—find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.
Kelly Fordon‘s Garden for the Blind is set between 1974 and 2012. The intricately woven stories follow Alice and Mike through high school, college, and into middle age, but also skillfully incorporate stories of their friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers who are touched by the same themes of privilege, folly, neglect, and resilience. A WWII veteran sleepwalks out of his home at night, led by vivid flashbacks. A Buddhist monk is assaulted by a robber while seated in meditation. A teenaged girl is shot walking home from the corner store with a friend. A lifelong teacher of blind children is targeted by vandals at the school she founded. This book is a 2016 Michigan Notable Book.
Andy Mozina’s sardonic novel, Contrary Motion, tells the story of a dysfunctional, divorced, family man who is trying to make a go of playing the harp professionally while battling the circumstances surrounding him.The story was prompted by Mozina’s mother, a long-time hospice nurse, who sent him a picture from a newspaper that showed a harpist playing a bed side vigil for somebody who was dying.”She thought that was an interesting subject and I thought it was too,” he says. “And I thought it was kind of a cool sort of beautiful, sort of charged thing and it got my imagination going.”
This promises to be a wonderful discussion – don’t miss it.