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We are super excited to have actress and musician Barbara Williams in our store this evening where she will be speaking and signing her new book The Hope in Leaving, a memoir of her troubled but hopeful childhood. Williams remembers having one hope as a child, "the hope in leaving and doing better next time." It might be said it's a miricale she survived to bring us these stories. In doing so, Williams proves there is one thing that can survive the worst of life and even death: love without judgement.
ABOUT THE HOPE IN LEAVING
On the day she is leaving town to escape her troubled family and to start over at twenty-four--she finds a note on her mother's door. Her brother has shot himself. In stories that face reality so squarely they express what usually goes unsaid from exhilaration to despair Barbara Williams remembers her childhood leading up to this moment. Her father is a logger, nomad, and born dreamer. Her mother has too many kids and never enough money to support or protect them. The family keeps on the move, shedding a grand total of twenty-seven homes.
Williams remembers having one hope as a child, "the hope in leaving and doing better next time." But poverty, mental illness, substances abuse, and injustice pursued them wherever they went. They lived smalltown life hard and suffered, most of all her brother the fearless star of their childhood adventures and misadventures. Williams writes, "We grew up like wild animals with the wrong set of instincts for our environment." It might be said it's a miracle she survived to bring us these stories. In doing so, Williams proves there is one thing that can survive the worst of life and even death: love without judgment.
ABOUT BARBARA WILLIAMS
Barbara Williams is a Canadian musician and renowned film, television, and stage actress. Early in her acting career, Williams starred in the blockbuster films Thief of Hearts and City of Hope. She won an Emmy Award for Best Actress for the 1996 telepic Mother Trucker. She was a member of the Resident Theatre Company at the Vancouver East Cultural Center, and among her more than thirty stage roles, she portrayed Amelia Earhart in the musical Amelia at Canada's National Arts Center, Joan Baez at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles, and Lady Macbeth in La Jolla, California, under Tony Award winner Des McAnuff's direction. As a musician she has performed in the United States and Canada, often in concerts devoted to peace, worker's rights, and the environment. The Hope in Leaving is her first book. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
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