19 May 2010 - Judy Fong Bates & Catherine Gildiner
The evening of Wednesday 19 May Judy Fong Bates and Catherine Gildiner read from, and talked about their most recent books.
Catherine Gildiner spoke first. We met Cathy McClure, as she was then, in her first book Too Close to the Falls ten years ago – and we read about her life from early childhood to her early teenage years – with wonder and amazement at the eccentric lifestyle and the world in which that busy little girl lived.
Now we have After the Falls, and we follow Cathy right into her teenage years – head first and at full speed – it is a rollicking ride – as the bossy & busy Cathy McClure comes of age in the sixties.
Judy Fong Bates then read from, and spoke about, her most recent book, also a memoir – The Year of Finding Memory – a book about discovering the past lives of her parents – a journey of discovery both geographically and emotionally.
This book is sensitive and honest, probing and thought-provoking. It is a book that faces head on the demons of the past - and puts them to rest - as it opens doors to the future.
Judy and Cathy then fielded questions from the audience for a very interesting and invigorating discussion about memoir, and memory - and the difference between writing in the voice of the child and teenager, and writing from the perspective of an adult.
Judy Fong Bates and Cathy Gildiner, after singing their books, in the lobby of the Charles W. Stockey Centre