BSB: Art of Memoir Event Featuring Angela Palm, Sherry Horton and Sydney M. Williams

Bank Square Books invites you to an Art of Memoir event featuring Angela Palm, the author of Riverine; Sherry Horton, the author of Witness Chair: A Memoir of Art, Marriage, and Loss; and Sydney M. Williams, the author of Notes From Old Lyme. The authors will share from their works and discuss the process of creating a memoir. This event is free and open to the public. 

Angela Palm

Raised in the rural Midwest, Angela Palm earned a BA in English Literature and a BS in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph's College. Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, recipient of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Graywolf Press, Aug. 2016). She is the editor of a book featuring work by Vermont writers, called Please Do Not Remove (Wind Ridge Books, 2014). She has taught creative writing at Champlain College, New England Young Writers' Conference, The Writers' Barn, and The Renegade Writers' Collective and is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Fellowship in nonfiction. 

Palm's writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, EcotoneAt Length Magazine, Entropy, Brevity, DIAGRAM, Essay Daily, Paper Darts, apt, SmokeLong Quarterly, Hippocampus Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Little Fiction, Big Truths, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction and nonfiction, a Derringer Award, Best of the Net, and the Best Short Fictions anthology. She lives in Vermont. 

Sherry Horton

Sherry Horton is a retired English teacher. At the University of Hartford (Connecticut), where she was director of the Center for Reading and Writing, she taught in the writing program and co-authored a textbook challenging traditional approaches to composition entitled Reading Our Histories, Understanding Our Cultures (Allyn & Bacon 1999; 2003). A co-founder of the East Hill Writers’ Workshop (, she is currently working on her mother’s oral history of the 1920s and ‘30s in the remote Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Mother of two sons and twice a grandmother, she spends as much time as she can outdoors. She lives in Unionville, Connecticut.

Sydney M. Williams

Sydney Williams, a retired stockbroker, and his wife, Caroline, spent twenty-five years living on Smith’s Neck in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Their view was of marshes, marsh rivers, and the estuary that comprise the mouth of the Connecticut River. Bauhan Publishing published Sydney William’s first book One Man’s Family: Growing up in Peterborough and Other Stories in 2014. In 2001, Sydney also edited and privately printed Sydney M. Williams. Jr. Through his Letters, 1944-45. Sydney writes a regular piece on his blog (called “Thought of the Day”), which reflects his opinions on politics, economics, financial markets, education, climate, and other matters that interest him. Despite its name, the blog is published once a week. Additionally, Williams writes a piece at the end of each month called “The Month That Was,” which covers news highlights of the previous month. Having moved recently to Essex Meadows, a retirement community in Essex, Connecticut, he is now working on another series of essays to be titled Essays from Essex. To read his blog, visit:
Event date: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Bank Square Books
53 W. Main St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977467
Availability: Ships to Our Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - August 16th, 2016

Angela Palm grew up in a place not marked on the map, her house set on the banks of a river that had been straightened to make way for farmland. Every year, the Kankakee River in rural Indiana flooded and returned to its old course while the residents sandbagged their homes against the rising water.

Witness Chair: A Memoir of Art, Marriage, and Loss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941830369
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Shanti Arts LLC - September 1st, 2016

The poignant story of a marriage as well as a gallant journey into loss, Witness Chair is both a beautifully written personal memoir and a compassionate guidebook to the art of living in the face of suffering and death.