Author Event: Melanie Brooks - "A Hard Silence" with Andre Dubus III

Event date: 
05/16/2024 - 7:00pm

Melanie Brooks, author of Writing Hard Stories, joins us to discuss her new memoir, A Hard Silence. Melanie will be in conversation with Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog and his latest novel, Such Kindness.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

“A profound and riveting journey through shame and grief, A Hard Silence is, quite simply, unforgettable.” Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys

In the mid 1980s, Canada's worst public health disaster was unfolding. Catastrophic mismanagement of the country's blood supply allowed contaminated blood to be knowingly distributed nationwide, infecting close to two thousand Canadians with HIV. Among them was Melanie Brooks's surgeon father who, after receiving a blood transfusion during open-heart surgery in 1985, learned he was HIV positive.

At a time when HIV/AIDS was widely misunderstood and public perception was shaped by fear, prejudice, and homophobia, victims of the disease faced ostracism and persecution. Afraid of this stigma and wanting to protect his family, Melanie's father decided his illness would be a secret. A secret they'd all have to keep. They did not know that her father would live past that first year, but he did. And for ten years before his death in 1995, from the time she was thirteen until she was twenty-three, Melanie's family lived in the shadow of AIDS. She carried the weight of the uncertain trajectory of her father’s health and the heartbreaking anticipation of impending loss silently and alone. It became a way of life. 

A Hard Silence is an intimate glimpse into Melanie's memories of coping with the tragedy of her father's illness and enduring the loneliness and isolation of not being able to speak. With candor and vulnerability, Melanie opens her grief wounds and brings her reader inside her journey, twenty years after her father died, to finally understand the consequences of her family's silence, to interrogate the roots of stigma and discrimination responsible for the ongoing secret-keeping, and to show how she's now learned to be authentic.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie Brooks is the author of the memoir A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all (Vine Leaves Press, 2023) and Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma (Beacon Press, 2017). She teaches creative nonfiction in the M.F.A. program at Bay Path University and in the M.F.A. program at Western Connecticut State University and professional writing at Northeastern University. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast writing program and a Certificate in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. She has had numerous interviews and essays on topics ranging from loss and grief to parenting and aging published in the The Boston Globe, HuffPost, Yankee Magazine, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, and other notable publications. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, two children (when they are home from university), and chocolate Lab.

 

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Andre Dubus III’s nine books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His most recent novel, Such Kindness, was published in June 2023, and a collection of personal essays, Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin, is forthcoming in March 2024. He is also the editor of Reaching Inside: 50 Acclaimed Authors on 100 Unforgettable Short Stories, (Godine, 2023.)

Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

 

A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all By Melanie Brooks Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9783988320209
Availability: On our shelves now.
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Vine Leaves Press - September 12th, 2023

Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin By Andre Dubus, III Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781324000440
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 5th, 2024

Such Kindness: A Novel By Andre Dubus, III Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781324076131
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2024

House of Sand and Fog: A Novel By Andre Dubus, III Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393356342
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

Townie: A Memoir By Andre Dubus, III Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393340679
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 6th, 2012

The Garden of Last Days: A Novel By Andre Dubus, III Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393335309
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2009

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