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A Shadow in My Life: A TB Sanatorium memoir

18/11/2017

14:30 - 16:30

Explore York Library Learning Centre

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A Shadow in My Life: A TB Sanatorium memoir

In 1950s, young teen Rita began an 18 month stay in a TB sanatorium. Very few TB memoirs exist. Rita also tells the stories of 14 other women and girls.

Date: 18 Novemver 2017
Day: Saturday
Times: 14:30-16:30
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

A Shadow In My Life, by Rita Jerram [Stairwell Books and Fighting Cock Press]

Rita Jerram enjoyed a successful launch at Explore in 2015 for her book retelling her Grandmother's memoirs about the 1880s Canadian prairie. A Shadow in My Life is her own story: In 1953-4, as a young teenager, Rita spent 18 months in a TB sanatorium. Her book is rare: only a handful of memoirs exist about life in a sanatorium. Rita also writes with humour and love about the 14 women and girls she bonded with.

From the Grandma’s Prairie Journals launch:

“Marvellous reading by Rita – so moving. Beautifully crafted stories from source material! Great to see you showcasing local writers who clearly have great talent.”
Sue Birtwistle

“I came with my friend’s mother who has relatives in Canada. We’ve both read other books about prairie settlers. We enjoyed the buzz and readings – quite nice to have 3 different readers. Thank you.”
Lyndon Askew

“Great readings with animated readers. Opportunity to purchase books. PLEASE MAY WE HAVE MORE OF THE SAME.”

Tea/coffee available for purchase.

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