Behind the Books: A Reading with Anne Finger
April 6, 2010
Anne Finger, author of the memoir "Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio," combines her personal history with polio with a social history of the disease. She will also read from her award winning collection of short stories, "Call Me Ahab."
About the Book:
Imagine a Hollywood encounter between Helen Keller and Frida Kahlo, “two female icons of disability.” Or the story of “Moby Dick, or, The Leg,” told from Ahab’s perspective. What if Vincent Van Gogh resided in a 20th-century New York hotel, surviving on food stamps and direct communications with God? These are the characters who populate Anne Finger’s short stories; wonderfully rich and comic tales that re-imagine life beyond the margins of “normality.”