Sharing other people’s stories can be a challenge, particularly when it involves family and topics some would rather not discuss. Hear about two very different approaches to writing memoir from women who reveal their fathers’ stories and how they affected their own lives. Virginia Brackett, daughter of WWII veteran Captain Edmund C. Roberts, wrote In the Company of Patriots to get to know her father, who died while serving in Korea when Virginia was only one year old. Lori Stillman, daughter of Army paratrooper John Stillman, leaped at the opportunity to co-author Jumping from Helicopters with her dad when he was finally ready, after nearly 50 years, to open up about his experiences in Vietnam. Both share insights about their books and the writing process with moderator Angela Elam, the producer of the public radio series, New Letters on the Air, originally from New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Washington, MO, August 25–27