Dare I Call It Murder?
September 20, 2013
Book News, Seattle Recap
River of Remembrance, Bookstore Events
Incredible: The San Diego Union-Tribune features me and my book on the front page of today's newspaper: "The lasting pain of murder's 'living victims'."
John Wilkens wrote a great piece. I could not have asked for anything more. I especially like the fact that he focused on violent loss rather than my parents' deaths and the criminal investigation.
(Yes, that's me, right below the Pope, no less. Photo: Sarah Cadwallader)
The story is online as "Mysterious deaths, lingering sorrow."
The La Jolla Light also published a well-written article by Pat Sherman: "Author delves into parents’ mysterious deaths to help others cope with violent loss at La Jolla event"
Donna Seebo (Seattle) interviewed me yesterday during her weekly radio show, complimenting my book and offering deep empathy not only for my family, but for the families of others who experienced similar tragedies. If the broadcast becomes available as a podcast, I will let you know.
Clarification: Donna credited me with founding the Survivors of Violent Loss Program in San Diego. I did not. Connie Saindon, who wrote the Foreword in my book, founded the program.
A big THANK YOU! to all of you who turned out for the events last week in the Seattle area. Words truly cannot express how much your show of support means to me and my family. My only regret is that I could not spend more time with each of you individually.
Also, a big thanks the stores who hosted these events:
I received the red-carpet treatment at each of these stores, and the people there could not have been more gracious.
Best of all, I got such a thrill from reconnecting with so many people from the Juanita neighborhood, high school, college, Kingsgate swim team, my teaching days in Tacoma, and my professional paths in the Pacific Northwest. I have posted some pictures on Facebook. If any of you have pictures you could send me, that would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to seeing more of you this weekend at Barnes & Noble in Encinitas or Warwick's in La Jolla. (See below for details.)
While in Seattle, I recorded an interview with attorney Joe Breidenbach (aka DUI Joe) to be broadcast later. I will let you know when I get the date.
Joe is also a musician and singer/songwriter. I had my fiddle with me, so we had a short jam session afterward.
As I've said before, this wonderful reception for my book is bittersweet. I would have preferred to never have had to write this book about my parents' violent deaths and the devastation those deaths wreaked upon my family.
However, looking at the bright side of thisthe "dark gift"the story is touching many lives in a positive way, and it has generated a larger discussion of violent loss and the impact that has on all of our lives, if not directly, then indirectly. For that I am grateful.
In that vein, Sept. 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Memorials are being held throughout the country to honor the victims and their families. In San Diego, the Survivors of Violent Loss Program and Cara Knott Foundation are holding a River of Remembrance memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Crime Victims Oak Garden, where an oak tree has been dedicated in honor of my parents, Loren and Jody Edwards.
Blog post: If you haven't seen it, please take a look at my latest blog:
Society’s Challenge: Survivors of Violent Loss
Two more bookstore events this weekend. If you're in the area and can come by to say hello, it would be great to see you. (And the bookstores would appreciate your patronage.)
Barnes & Noble Encinitas, CA Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 - 4 p.m. presentation, reading and signing
Warwick's Books La Jolla, CA Sunday, Sept. 22, Noon - 2 p.m. signing only, no presentation
Again, thank you for your support and kind words.
Be well, fair winds.
For further updates, please visit:
Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss