Coffee With the Authors – Betty Brown
March 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
The gallery is excited to feature author and artist Betty Bell Brown to speak about her memoir at this month’s Coffee With the Authors event. Pretty Much: A Memoir is the story of a girl named Clara, born when little girls wore white ruffled dresses, though she preferred handmade brown jodhpurs she stitched in pink. Clara, of necessity, grew into a woman who made her own way in the world. No obstacle she encountered deterred her from having her own way, “pretty much.” Her daughter, Betty, grew up in Clara’s shadow and then had to find her way out from under it to realize her own dreams.
One reviewer wrote: “Betty Brown is an esteemed painter, who with an artist’s eye for detail and truth-telling, has written a memoir about her prototypically Southern family. It’s an astonishing book. She has skillfully interwoven excerpts of her mother’s diary (whose “voice” melds uncannily well with the author’s own), as well as exquisite old photos that lend an almost mythological resonance to a story with more than its share of tragedy. Against all odds, with courage and compassion, Betty Bell Brown has gathered all of these pieces, and much more, in one pitch-perfect, heart rendering book to savor.”
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served. This gallery event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are necessary. Call Sunset River Marketplace at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.