Wade Stevenson, author of "A Testament to Love and Other Losses" (BlazeVOX Books, 2011), will read from his 2008 memoir "One Time in Paris: A Memoir of the 1960's" at 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Impact Artists’ Gallery in the Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main St. in Buffalo.
Stevenson's memoir recounts his youthful estrangement from his prominent Buffalo family, a brief foray into the counter-culture at the University of California at Berkeley, his return home--where he was committed to a mental institution by his own father--and his long, humbling exile abroad, which eventually led to Paris, where he discovered love, art, sensuality, and a kind of spiritual hunger that would one day lead him to reconciliation and a path home.
Stevenson's reading is part of Impact Artists' Gallery's Arts in Healing Poetry and Prose Reading Series hosted by poet Lynn Ciesielski. There are additional sign-up reading slots available. The event is free and open to the public.
Stevenson replaces the originally scheduled featured reader for this event, poet Theresa Wyatt, a former visual artist and retired teacher whose widely-published writing often focuses on the “art of narrative medicine.” Ms. Wyatt had an unforeseen scheduling conflict which forced her to withdraw from this event. Her appearance in the series will be rescheduled.