Community members are invited to Moscow Public Library on Wednesday November 14 at 5:30 p.m. for a Book Reading with author with Joy Passanante. Passanante will share new information about her research process for her latest book, Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars, which was a 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Winner for Biography.
Against the backdrop of World War II, Passanante’s book is the saga of a wartime medical unit, a passionate long-distance love, the making of a surgeon, and two first-generation American families. Told through her father’s eyes—drawing on hundreds of his letters to his beloved wife, his four-volume wartime diary, and his paintings—Passanante masterfully recreates his wartime journey and physically retraces his steps more than sixty years later in an attempt to understand a time in her parents’ lives that they’d spoken about very little.
Joy Passanante is the former Associate Director of Creative Writing at the University of Idaho. She has been publishing in three genres for five decades. Her work has appeared in various literary journals including The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Shenandoah. Both her collection of stories, The Art of Absence, and her novel, My Mother's Lovers, were finalists for several national awards. Her essays have received Shenandoah's Thomas H. Carter Prize and, for The Georgia Review, the Gold Award for Best Profile. She has received Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowships for poetry and fiction as well as an Idaho Humanities Fellowship for nonfiction.
Registration is not required. This free and fascinating library program is open to the public.