Book talk on memoirists

Thursday, April 06, 2017 3:3PM

Writers and readers are invited to meet Melanie Brooks discuss and sign her new book “Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art From Trauma.” The free event will be at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough on Saturday April 8 at 2 pm.

In her new book, Melanie Brooks has assembled the advice of some of the country’s most admired authors to encourage all writers to craft honest memoirs. Andre Dubus 111, Mark Doty, Abigail Thomas, Edwidge Danticat and 14 others describe their treks through dark memories and breakthrough moments and attest to the healing power of putting words to experience.

Called an essential book for creative writers by Poets & Writers, “Writing Hard Stories” is a unique compilation of authentic stories about the death of a partner, parent, or child; about violence and shunning; and about the process of writing. It will serve as a tool for teachers of writing and give readers an intimate look into the lives of the authors they love.

Melanie Brooks is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Nashua with her husband, two children, and yellow Lab. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Master’s in Fine Arts program. She teaches college writing at Northeastern University in Boston and Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts. She also teaches creative writing at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire.

For more information call the bookstore at 924-3543.