Memoirists Liz Scott and Victoria Bilski

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join memoirists Liz Scott (This Never Happened) and Tory Bilski (Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland) for a conversation about their memoirs and the writing process. Memoirist and writing teacher Mary-Lou Weisman will moderate the discussion.

This Never Happened is a genre-bending memoir, told in a non-linear way using photographs, letters and lists. This is a spare work—alternatively heartbreaking and darkly comic. Like an archeological dig, Scott’s memoir goes in search of the answers to the mysteries of her family. In her relentless quest to uncover the truth, she leaves no one, including herself, unexamined. In the end, it is about the challenge of making peace with questions that will never be answered and the struggle to forgive.

In Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland, Tory Bilski tells of her annual trip to meet with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to northern Iceland. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world—if only for a short while. When they first came, these women were strangers to one another. The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses. However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepens, growing older together and keeping each other young. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Rd East

Staples HIgh School graduate Elizabeth Scott has been a practicing psychologist for 40 years, helping clients to identify life themes and make sense of the puzzle of their lives. She has brought this focus to her writing in the last fifteen years, first as a short story writer and most recently in her memoir, This Never Happened. She has been published in numerous literary journals and served two terms on the board of Oregon Literary Arts. Originally from New York City, she currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Tory Bilski is the founder of www.Icelandica.net and her short stories have been published in  The  Kenyon  Review,  Black  Warrior  Review,  13th  Moon, and other literary magazines. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and an Honorable Mention from the 92nd Street Y for her short stories, and she has recently published in Atlas  Obscura,  Roads  & Kingdoms, The Hartford Courant and Iceland Review. She has a B.A. from Oswego State, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. Tory works at Yale University and lives near New Haven, Connecticut, with her family. 

Mary-Lou Weisman is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Her published books include: My Baby Boomer Baby Book (rev. ed. Workman), Traveling While Married (Algonquin Books), My (Middle-aged) Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones and Gallstones, (Workman Publishing Co.) and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story (Random House) and Playing House in Provence: How Two Americans Became a Little Bit French (iUniverse). Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many magazines, among them The Atlantic Monthly ,The New Republic, Newsweek and Vogue. For several years, she wrote a column, “One Woman’s Voice” nationally syndicated by the New York Times and, following that, the “Hers” column and many travel essays for the New York Times. She has also served as a commentator on Public Radio International’s Savvy Traveler. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, PEN, and The Authors Guild. She had taught memoir and personal essay writing at the Tisch School at NYU and The New School and currently teaches both subjects at the Westport Library.

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