Natasha Trethewey Speaks on "Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir" at One Book One Pass


Our 2022 One Book One Pass featured speaker is Natasha Trethewey discussing her book Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00 PM at The Randolph Center in Pass Christian.  Natasha Trethewey is a former US poet laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is currently  the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. In 2007 she won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard.

Pass Books currently has signed first edition hardbacks available for purchase prior to the event. Books will be available for purchase duriing the evening of the event for Natasha Trethewey to sign immediately after speaking. 

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother's history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a "child of miscegenation" in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet's attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.

"In Memorial Drive, Natasha Trethewey has transformed unimaginable tragedy into a work of sublimity. There's sorrow and heartbreak, yes, but also a beautiful portrait of a mother and her daughter's enduring love. Trethewey writes elegantly, trenchantly, intimately as well about the fraught history of the south and what it means live at the intersection of America's struggle between blackness and whiteness. And what, in our troubled republic, is a subject more evergreen?"--Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math

"In Memorial Drive, the musicality of language combines with imagistic intensity to create a world of heightened subjectivity in which the small moon that is the young Trethewey orbits the constant planet that is her mother and her entire world...By giving this space to her mother rather than speaking for her or over her, Trethewey centers the victim of the abuse and trauma. Again, agency and voice, not erasure, is Trethewey's project here. In this moment, Trethewey offers us a powerful way to decolonize and reconsider this question of the representation of the trauma of the self and of others."

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
315 Clark Avenue
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir By Natasha Trethewey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062248572
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir By Natasha Trethewey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062248589
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021