Please join us for a Tribute Reading for Virginia Redfield’s memoir, Night Bloom. It will take place on Thursday, September 20th, at 6 PM in the Laurel Forum Room at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
Sponsored by the Great Smokies Writing Program, the Night Bloom Tribute Reading will feature nine local writers reading from Redfield’s memoir. Each reader will present one page of Night Bloom, and will offer a brief reflection about the book. The readers will be: Janet Shaw, Catherine Reid, Sebastian Matthews, Elizabeth Kostova, Holly Iglesias, Elizabeth Holden, Tommy Hays, Christine Hale … and Virginia Redfield!
Cookies and punch will be served after the readings.
Just to be clear: the Laurel Room is in a building on UNCA’s campus called Karpen Hall, and the link below will show you how to get to Karpen Hall.
Night Bloom has just received a wonderful review in WNC Woman Magazine. To read it, please visit the following website: http://www.wncwoman.com/?s=Virginia+Redfield
Click the following link to read Alli Marshall’s terrific review. The article is also available in hard copy at all the usual Mountain Xpress distribution points.
September 20th’s reading will serve as a warm occasion to pay tribute to Virginia’s achievement and legacy, and to hear several fine local writers reflect on it out of their own experience as literary craftspeople. We hope you’ll join us at this wonderful event.
For those of you unfamiliar with Redfield and/or Night Bloom, following is a description co-crafted by Virginia and author and teacher Kevin “Mc” Mcilvoy: “Night Bloom is a memoir that presents the coming-of-age story of Virginia Redfield, 88 years old. She gives an unforgettable account of her own struggles against the fundamentalist faith of her mother, and her own victory through “the words of great writers who helped me free myself from bondage.” She explains, “I wrote this memoir for my self. I needed to see clearly where I had come from, where I stand now. I trust and hope that some readers may recognize certain twists in the path of my life and respond: ‘Oh, I know how that feels!’”
For more information about Night Bloom, visit the website:
“Written with clear-sight, and from a clear heart, Night Bloom,” to quote a reviewer at amazon, “tells a lively story that “takes us into the heart of a girl struggling, and succeeding, in becoming her own person.”
Please join us on September 20th in friendship to this marvelous book, and to this marvelous woman—and writer.
Kevin “Mc” Mcilvoy
A community of writer-readers dedicated to helping this beautiful book find its audience
“Night Bloom is an escape story of the highest order, a fearless rendering of how Virginia Redfield not only survived the crucible of her childhood, but emerged from it a young woman of great intellect and profound insight. In this unflinching look at her early life, Redfield has somehow turned her mother’s oppressive Christian fundamentalism on its head and given us a true miracle of a book.” —Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine
photos and book cover design by Alissa Whelan