AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT UMASS DARTMOUTH - Writer and scholar Minrose Gwin

Dartmouth, MA-Writer and scholar Minrose Gwin will speak at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 9th at 1:00pm in the Library Browsing Area. The event is sponsored by the Womens Center and the English Department, with the assistance of a Cultural Affairs Grant. Ms. Gwin will share from her new memoir Wishing For Snow published by the Louisiana State University Press.

Dartmouth, MA—Writer and scholar Minrose Gwin will speak at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 9th at 1:00pm in the Library Browsing Area. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Center and the English Department, with the assistance of a Cultural Affairs Grant. Ms. Gwin will share from her new memoir Wishing For Snow published by the Louisiana State University Press. 

In Wishing For Snow, Gwin, a Professor of English at Purdue University, provides an empathetic look at the mother-daughter relationship, life for women in the South, and the powerful ways writing expresses our life stories. This event is offered in conjunction with Women’s History month for March, and the event will interest students, faculty, and local community members. 

"There is," Gwin writes, "such a thing as crazy-mother bonding. This can occur unexpectedly anytime two women who have crazy mothers are having a conversation. . . . There are more crazy mothers than you might think." With humor, intrigue, and sadness, Gwin's compelling memoir reflects the brilliance and despair of her mother’s life. Haunting every page of Wishing for Snow is the sense that Erin Taylor is transcending the tragic limitations of mental and physical disease through her daughter’s quest to truly know her. Gwin’s combination of candor and grace takes wing toward a both impossible and utterly necessary reconciliation. 
Minrose Gwin has written extensively on gender, race, and region, including The Woman in the Red Dress: Gender, Space, and Reading; The Feminine and Faulkner: Reading (Beyond) Sexual Difference; and Black and White Women of the Old South: The Peculiar Sisterhood in American Literature. She is coeditor of The Literature of the American South and editor of A Woman's Civil War, the diary of Cornelia McDonald. A professor of English at Purdue University, she divides her time between Lafayette, Indiana, and New Orleans. 
As part of her visit, Gwin will join Professor Catherine Houser's graduate-level creative writing workshop, where she will share her new novel, which is currently in progress, and use the workshop to assist students with their writing. 

Wishing for Snow is available prior to the reading event in the UMass Dartmouth bookstore. 

For more information, please contact Jeannette E. Riley at (508) 999-8279 or j1riley@umassd.edu. 


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