Carol Smith with Claudia Rowe

An award-winning journalist and editor at Seattle’s NPR affiliate, KUOW, and a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Los Angeles Times before that, Carol Smith takes on the subject of grief and resilience, her own and others’, in her moving, powerful first book, Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life (Abrams Press). Her son’s death, how she faced and lived through that, is one starting point. Then there are the stories of others facing loss or life-altering challenges that both helped her, and should help others in weighing how to go on, and to do so alive, carrying whatever must be carried as part of that.

“There is no rule book for how to grieve, so we are left to navigate our own way through it, hopeful that there are compasses in the world to point us in the right direction. Crossing the River is one such compass. An unflinching look at Carol Smith’s grief after the loss of her young son, it illuminates how sometimes going to the very places we want to hide from can show us the way.” -- Ann Hood.

Crossing the River grapples with an unbearable loss, one that no parent, or reader for that matter, ever wants to confront. Carol Smith dares us to enter this world of grief with her and by doing so gives us a vulnerable and brave story of resilience, hope, and healing that can only be found in communion with others.” -- Salamishah Tillet.

Joining Carol Smith in conversation this evening will be award-winning Seattle journalist and author Claudia Rowe, whose most recent book is The Spider and the Fly.


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Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life, A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419750137
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Published: Abrams Press - May 4th, 2021

The Spider and the Fly: A Writer, a Murderer, and a Story of Obsession Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062416131
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 21st, 2017

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 6:00pm
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