Paula Becker & Friends
Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him. More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them -- for Hunter -- their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. Paula Becker’s memoir, A House on Stilts (University of Iowa Press) an intensely personal account of trauma and survival offers a timely exploration of a family forced to grapple with America's opioid crisis. Paula Becker, a staff historian at History Link, is also the author of Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I, and other books. This afternoon’s program will feature a talk by Paula Becker, followed by a panel discussion moderated by KUOW host Ross Reynolds and including representatives from YouthCare and Accelerator Y, two local programs providing housing and support to homeless youth.
Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library, YouthCare, Accelerator Y, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.