112th: Regina McBride on "Ghost Songs"
Join us on Tuesday, Octobr 18th at 7pm for a reading and dicussion with Regina McBride, author of the new memoir, Ghost Songs. Joining her in conversation will be Rita Gabis, author of A Guest at the Shooters Banquet.
Eighteen-year-old Regina McBride is haunted by the ghosts of her parents. Her father visits her, he is desperate, but she doesn t know how to help him. Her mother is a quiet figure, obscured by light a flash at the foot of the bed. Regina, raised Irish Catholic and with the ironclad belief that some sins are unforgivable, fears her parents are trapped between worlds, forever punished after they committed suicide within a few months of each other.
Terrorized by these visitations and flattened by grief, Regina slowly begins her hazardous journey to recovery. Lyrical and lovely, harrowing and haunting, Ghost Songs charts her struggle to separate madness from imagination and sorrow from devastation. From New York to the desert of New Mexico to the shores of Ireland, Regina searches for herself, her home, and a way to return to the family that remains.Ghost Songsis an exploration of memory, a meditation on love and loss, and, in the end, a celebration of life and the living.
Regina McBride is the author of four novels and one book of poetry, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is an adjunct professor of English at Hunter College in New York City, where she teaches creative writing.
Rita Gabis is the author of two books of poetry, co-author of a book on the craft of writing, and the author of the newly released "A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet" — a memoir from Bloomsbury US. Her publication list includes Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently Salamander and the anthology Lit from Inside: Forty Years of Poetry from Alice James Books. She lives in New York City where she teaches Creative Writing at Hunter College.