Stuart and I are on the road again. This time we are driving instead of taking Amtrak. The prairie is our playground and this Sunday October 19 2-3 p.m. Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City will be our destination. In the meantime, we visit friends in various Wisconsin cities and Kalona, Iowa.
Finally, I will get to meet (in person) author (online) friend and doppelganger, Carol Bodensteiner, author of the memoir Growing Up Country and the historical novel Go Away Home. We are two dairy maids who grew up to be writers. We’re also fans of each other’s work and have written blog posts on each other’s sites.
Since all three of our books are set in the past, I suggested we use this famous quote from William Faulkner in our title for Sunday’s talk:
Carol and I have been pondering the question of the past and its role in the present and future for a long time.
We could benefit from your thoughts — and ask for your help — in several ways:
- Let your Iowa friends know about the event so that we have a nice crowd at the Prairie Lights bookstore on Sunday (see link above for directions)
- Watch us live online. The bookstore streams their readings!
- Answer the question below and influence our reflections with your own
Do you agree with Faulkner that the past is not dead. It’s not even past? What’s your best evidence?
If the past lives, what does it say to the memoirist or novelist? How can the reality of the past breathe life into the writer’s work?