Dana Walrath, PhD, the author of the graphic memoir, Aliceheimer's, will hold a public talk about her book.
Aliceheimer’s is a series of illustrated vignettes, daily glimpses into Dana Walrath’s world living with her mother Alice who has Alzheimer’s. Walrath writes that creating this book allowed her not only to process her grief over her mother's dementia, but also to remember the magic laughter of that time. Graphic medicine, she writes, lets us better understand those who are hurting, feel their stories, and redraw and renegotiate those social boundaries. Most of all, it gives us a way to heal and to fly over the world as Alice does.
Dana Walrath, an anthropologist, artist, and writer, is on the faculty of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the author of Like Water on Stone.
D-H Aging Resource Center will host a reception after the talk.
The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand with books to purchase and for the author to sign.
"Alice was always beautiful--Armenian immigrant beautiful, with thick, curly black hair, olive skin, and big dark eyes," writes Dana Walrath. Alice also has Alzheimer's, and while she can remember all the songs from The Music Man, she can no longer attend to the basics of caring for herself. Alice moves to live with her daughter, Dana, in Vermont, and the story begins.
"Evocative and hopeful," says Newbery Honor-Winner Rita Williams-Garcia of this intense survival story set during the Armenian genocide of 1915.
It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.