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09-30-14 : Rebecca Alexander Will 'Not Fade Away'

A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

We live much of our lives by happenstance. Only in retrospect are we able to see the decisions we make, and their outcomes. As readers, we can look to the lives of others for examples, for information and even for inspiration upon which to base our decisions.

It's easy enough to offer information, but crafting inspiration requires that the writer create an emotional connection with the reader. There's a paradox at the heart of this; the writer must be vulnerable and flawed and then overcome those flaws without disowning them.

In 'Not Fade Away,' Alexander makes a fateful decision as a writer. She tells us the unvarnished story of her life, putting her flaws up front. She was an insecure child, prone to jealousy, lies and even stealing.

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09-30-14: A 2014 Interview with Rebecca Alexander

"... like your hands are, and their arms are, engaged in this poetic dance..." —Rebecca Alexander

Rebecca Alexander is dressed for the radio when I meet her in the lobby at KQED. She's wearing a great shirt (Lettuce Turnip the Beet), and looks like she's ready to teach spin to a class of bicyclists who can't possibly be in as good shape as she is. With her are her aunt, who drove, and her 97 year-old grandmother from Capitola. With a crew like this, it's clear that 'Not Fade Away' will live up to its title.
09-23-14: A 2014 Interview with Lauren Beukes

"...fiction allows you to step into someone's head..." —Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes arrived in town not to promote her new book, but to visit with family friends. She very kindly agreed to speak with me about 'Broken Monsters' and 'The Shining Girls' at KQED, and arrived with a helper. It's clear that she's working in advance with the mother-daughter relationships in her fiction.
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