The UPEI Winter’s Tales Author Series will resume in October with the launch of Richard Lemm’s memoir, Imagined Truths: Myths from a Draft-Dodging Poet.
Richard Lemm, an Islander-by-choice, author, and UPEI professor since 1986, will launch his memoir, Imagined Truths: Myths from a Draft-Dodging Poet, published by Tidewater Books (Vancouver), on October 7 at 7:30 pm in The Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. The event will feature CBC Main Street host Matt Rainnie in conversation with Lemm, as well as short readings.
Imagined Truths begins with the story of an “all-American” boy born in Seattle the year after the Second World War ended. Descended from several generations of war veterans, Lemm immigrated to Canada as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and transformed into an enthusiastic Canadian with enduring American roots.
The memoir delves into family myths and facts, from German immigrants to America fleeing famine and violence in the 1850s, then migrating north to Alberta to hunt wolves and sell moonshine, to his mother’s logging family on the west coast of Washington State. The reader will find Lemm’s great-grandfather fighting at Gettysburg, Grandpa Lemm in the Battle of Manila during the Spanish-American War, and his Canadian father in an American uniform in the European and North African campaigns.
A gifted mother afflicted by tragedy and mental illness, the logging-camp grandmother and bartender grandfather who raised the future war resister, and a magnificent pioneer great-grandmother loom large in Lemm’s life and memoir.
The launch is co-sponsored by Bookmark and the UPEI English Department and Dean of Arts. Attendance is currently limited to 50 people. Register in advance at eventbrite.ca.
The UPEI reading series began back in 1969, during the university’s first year, and was renamed “Winter’s Tales” in 1995.