Be The Change with Melanie Brooks, author of A Hard Silence in conversation with Alysia Abbott

In conversation with Alysia Abbott, acclaimed author of the memoir Fairyland: A Memoir of my Father, Melanie Brooks presents A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all for our February Be the Change!

When Melanie Brooks' surgeon father was infected with HIV from a blood transfusion in 1985, stigma and misinformation about HIV/AIDS at the time forced them to keep his illness a secret for the ten years before his death in 1995. A Hard Silence is Brooks' journey, twenty years later, to finally understand the consequences of her family's silence, to interrogate the roots of stigma and discrimination responsible for the ongoing secret-keeping, and to show how she's now learned to be authentic.

Alysia Abbott, who also lost her father to AIDS, makes the perfect conversation partner. Join these two authors and daughters as they discuss their experiences of bearing witness to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and ‘90s, watching their beloved fathers suffer the cruelty of this disease, and finding healing in writing about their stories.  



Porter Square Books will be donating 20% of sales from 3-5PM on February 25 to Fenway Health AIDS Action. Since 1971, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBTQIA+ community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. Learn more about them here!

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Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 3:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief, and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all By Melanie Brooks Cover Image
ISBN: 9783988320209
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Published: Vine Leaves Press - September 12th, 2023


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