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Community Reads: Community Reads: Winter 2019 | Heart Berries: A Memoir

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

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We will have a limited number of free copies available to give to our Campus community members later in the quarter. Please visit the library to receive yours. Thank you to the UW Race and Equity Initiative for providing funding for these books.

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Further Reading

Community Reads Team Contacts: Winter 2019

Contact members of the team via email with questions, comments, or concerns:

Event Details

Everyone is invited: 

UW Bothell and Cascadia College students, faculty, and staff are invited to a discussion of Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot. 

Date: Wednesday, February 20th

Time: 12-1:30pm

Place: LB1-205

Our goals for the Community Reads program are to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.
  • Promote engagement with thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship related to issues of equity and social justice across the UWB/CC campus and community.
  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and community conversation.

At the Event:

Community Reads aims to inspire dialog about important issues facing our diverse campus communities. Join campus community members as we discuss themes from the book. 

About the Book

“This is an intense book, written in prose as poetry. Each chapter vibrates with the full force of the author’s passion, her pain, her staggering ferocity . . . There is no forgetting in Heart Berries—there is remembrance upon remembrance, and as readers, we bear witness. It is the least we can do when given such a powerful story.” —Roxane Gay, YOU

"Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot’s mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father—an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist—who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.

Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn’t exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world."

About the Author

TERESE MARIE MAILHOT graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an M.F.A. in fiction. Mailhot’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Times, Carve Magazine, The Offing, The Toast, Yellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of several fellowships—SWAIA Discovery Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Writing by Writers Fellowship, and the Elk Writer’s Workshop Fellowship—she was recently named the Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University and resides in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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