Author Gail Sheehy to speak at Books in Bloom this Sunday

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An entire generation gained new insight into life's transitions when Gail Sheehy's ground-breaking book, "Passages," came out 30 years ago. Her landmark work helped define the changes we all face as we move through a succession of life stages.

Now Sheehy is back with a new book, "Passages in Caregiving," that addresses the final passage. With more than 65 million people currently facing the challenges of caregiving, she provides a detailed road map to navigate the murky corridors of our health system, along with suggestions for solving the myriad problems that arise when dealing with aging loved ones. She covers when and how to take away the car keys, what to do when siblings won't pitch in, or when mom fires every aid you hire to help her. And what to do when you realize you can no longer cope.

Sheehy will open the afternoon of author talks and readings at the 6th annual Books in Bloom on Sunday afternoon, May 16. Books in Bloom is a free literary festival that takes place in the gardens and conservatory of the historic 1890s Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, from noon to 5 p.m. Other featured authors this year include Steve Berry, Nevada Barr, Tom Dillard, and Michael Shelden.

In addition to their presentations, there will be ongoing readings in a tent set among the flowers and fountains on the hotel's grounds.

Books will be available for purchase, and attendees will have a chance to speak with the authors and have their books signed. Tim Ernst's Cloudland Press and the University of Arkansas Press will also be represented.

The festival is a project of the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, aimed at celebrating the literary arts by bringing together the people who write books and the people who love to read them.

Festival-goers are encouraged to come early and take advantage of a free shuttle service provided to ease traffic congestion. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, thanks to Friends of the Library members. The festival will take place rain or shine, moving onto the hotel veranda, with additional covered space provided by the hotel in case of showers.

Visit or call (870) 423-5300 for further details. The festival could not take place without the sponsorship of many businesses and individuals, and the generous support of the 1890 Crescent Hotel.

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