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Wed, May 22

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Stonington

Writing my Memoir in the Merrill Apartment: An Evening with John Cotter

Join former JMH Fellow John Cotter as he celebrates the paperback release of his memoir, Losing Music, which he completed while in residence at the Merrill apartment. This event is part of John's book tour, and books will be for sale during the event. Join us on Wed., May 22nd 5:30-7! *RSVP required

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Writing my Memoir in the Merrill Apartment: An Evening with John Cotter
Writing my Memoir in the Merrill Apartment: An Evening with John Cotter

Time & Location

May 22, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Stonington, 107 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378, USA

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Writing my Memoir in the Merrill Apartment: An Evening with John Cotter

Author talk, conversation, and drinks

*Please note that guests must be able to physically climb up two steep flights of stairs to gain access to the Merrill apartment*

*RSVP required (once full, interested guests will be placed on a wait list)*

From the author

My Merrill House stay was critical to completing my memoir, Losing Music, giving me the space and spiritual courage to piece together the story I had been writing in scraps for nearly a decade. In the dark of Merrill's study, as snow blurred the window and the lot across the street filled with water, I unstitched scenes that had got scrambled, reconnected chronology, and tried to relate a complex series of events as smoothly as I could manage.

The attic room creaked as the wind slammed the glass. Old-fashioned language and elegant variation from the books on the shelf by the desk made perfect fits. I cruised the library, pulling down books by people I'd known, many of them gone, and they kept me company. The room transformed around me.

I don't believe in ghosts. But they can help you write a book.

-John Cotter

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