Trauma Recovery Reading in Oakland Nov. 8

November 8, 2017

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Octopus Literary Salon

2101 Webster Street. #170
Oakland, CA

I will be doing a reading/workshop at the Octopus Literary Salon, wherein I intersperse memoir readings with dialog about trauma research and recovery.

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About the author: Laurie

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  1. kaleb - November 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply

    I was glad to hear you read tonight. Interesting voice you’ve created. In a way, you treat your narrative so matter of factly – which comes across raw. Great work. Sorry to hear it.

    • Laurie - November 9, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

      It is tough talking about my entire family dying, but I think your take away is spot on: raw and factual cures the soul-sickness that took them down. White-washing, and emotional denial of pain eroded their reality, undermined vigor, joy, and ultimately the will to fight for life. Thank you so much for your thoughts Kaleb.

  2. Svea - November 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply

    It’s always moving to hear people share their personal histories – and this one is for the books! Such courage and power in divulging toxic family systems, and you did it with a nice balance of seriousness and wit. These experiences deserve emotional weight but you delivered them with enough humor to stomach, and that takes skill. Congratulations on your survival/thriving! And congratulations on the book!

  3. Amy McEachern - November 21, 2017 at 1:38 am Reply

    Your story was not only courageously revealing, but also healing and inspiring to anyone who’s battling the shadows of shame caused by a lifetime of family trauma. You’re living proof that there is a way through and out of those shadows – a survivor living and thriving in the sunlight! I watched you transform a tragic past into an inspiring gift for the rest of us. Thank you for sharing your strength and courage. And congratulations on the book!

    • Laurie - November 22, 2017 at 1:35 am Reply

      Dear Svea – Thanks so much for coming to my reading, and for your feedback. I’m heartened to know that people are able to access the story without being traumatized themselves, and even enjoy the ride!

    • Laurie - November 22, 2017 at 1:40 am Reply

      Hi Amy,

      My deepest wish is that sharing my process for healing may benefit others, so hearing you say my book could help/inspire other people…well, it’s super gratifiying. I appreciate your comments a lot.


  4. Tim Quick - November 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm Reply

    What a great reading. That was some heavy stuff! The attention you demand of your audience/readership is laudable – and well rewarded! I love the vignettes, humor and irreverent play (“I guess the fish didn’t like the taste of my dad”, ha!) you interject to make the subject matter simultaneously visceral and accessible.

    Your work is something I’d both read and watch performed, and I’m glad you’re putting it out there. Thanks!

    • Laurie - November 22, 2017 at 1:52 am Reply

      Tim —

      I wrestled and re-wrote that opening ash-spreading scene many times in order to strike that balance of tone right off the top, so I’m glad to hear it worked for you. It was surreal to be in such a beautiful natural environment while handling so many remains, so much accumulated tragedy. The simplicity of a fish finding my dad’s bones distasteful captured the truth of the moment, as well as summing up complicated truth that took decades to pars out.

      Laurie ~

  5. Kat Snow - November 22, 2017 at 3:57 am Reply

    I was completely engaged the whole time, Laurie, and wished for the chance to read the parts in between your chosen excerpts. Your reading is so natural; you made your characters vivid and alive for me. I could see the river and the ashes, could see your father and you dining out, could see your brother strung out again. I feel like they were full, flesh-and-blood people there with us in the room. Thank you so much for diving in so deep and coming up with this powerful story.

    • Laurie - November 22, 2017 at 6:02 am Reply

      Dear Kat…I’m so glad the characters came alive for you! That is the power – though dead, their struggles, mistakes, suffering, and their aspirations live on. I’m grateful to have created a legacy of healing from what felt like so much senseless suffering. Thank you for coming to the reading ~

  6. Katy Blau - November 28, 2017 at 3:55 am Reply

    Hi Laurie, Nita and I enjoyed your reading tremendously, and I am eagerly awaiting for your book to be published, so I can own a copy! Your experience of growing up in Berkeley, Ca, as a mixed Black/White child, at the very start of integration, is most certainly an interesting piece of history that needs to be heard. It was fascinating, from a psychological point of view, to address the culture clash that went on, and when the perspective is told from someone from both cultures, it makes for an interesting twist.
    It is an amazing story in the fact that you manged to triumph over your addictions, and raise children of your own, without passing on the family trauma. Congrats on breaking the cycle, and for giving other survivors hope and inspiration.

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