Paula Becker with Carol Smith
Seattle author and historian Paula Becker, a writer who works of history include Looking for Betty MacDonald, the co-authored books The Future Remembered and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and over three hundred essays on www.HistoryLink.org, follows her powerful recent book of a more personal history, A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction with a handbook for those going through early stages of grief. A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve (Girl Friday Books) is a book that gently meets readers at the most disoriented and uncertain parts of the country of grief and mourning, illustrations by artist Rebekah Nichols complementing the text.
“A House on Stilts is the story of a family just like yours perhaps, or the family next door. Through raw and authentic expression, we come to share in this mother’s loss of dreams for her addicted son. Paula Becker deftly shows how addiction can happen to anyone.”—D’Anne Burwell.
Paula Becker will be joined in conversation with Seattle journalist and author Carol Smith, herself the author of a recent powerful memoir of grief, Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life. Carol Smith is an award-winning journalist and editor for NPR affiliate KUOW Public Radio in Seattle. She has been a PEN Literary Finalist for her journalism, is a seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and was recently named Editor of the Year by Public Media Journalists Association.