“Tell Me the Story of Your Body”: Emily Rapp Black and Jan Grue on Creativity and DisabilitySaturday, May 7 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- In-Person Only
Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1
“This is not a story about survival. It is not about how I became a human, but rather how I came to understand that I already was human.” So writes Norwegian author Jan Grue, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at age three. In I Live a Life Like Yours (“compelling, unconventional and powerfully told,” says The New York Times Book Review), he gives us an unforgettable vision of living, loving, and making art in a vulnerable body. New York Times bestselling memoirist Emily Rapp Black—who will be joining the session virtually—also grew up different from those around her: an amputee from childhood, she learned early how to hide her disability from the world. In Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg, critically lauded as a “wild masterpiece,” she draws meaning from the art and life of the iconic painter, whose leg was eventually amputated after a brutal bus crash. This is a profound conversation about navigating identity, art-making, and self-expression in a complex body, and inventing a language with which to do justice to it.
Book signing information: 12 PM, Pegasus Books, right outside the ballroom
With the support of the Norway House Foundation and NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad