Loveland Loves to Read, with Alexandra Fuller
Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 21, 7pm, at the Rialto Theater, downtown Loveland.
Our Loveland Loves to Read Committee has invited author Alexandra Fuller to share with us her award-winning memoir Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. The book is an unforgettable account of growing up in a fascinating and often unforgiving Africa Her presentation is guaranteed to have you mesmerized!
Alexandra Fuller has written four books of non-fiction. Her debut book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, was a New York Times Notable Book, a Booksense Best Nonfiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of a Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.
Alexandra Fuller was born the third of five children to Tim and Nicola Fuller in Glossop, England in 1969, during a brief attempt by her parents to live off the continent of Africa. “A bloody awful dreary place,” her mother called England afterwards. So it was back to Africa for the Fullers in 1972, to Rhodesia, where they became increasingly absorbed by the country’s intensifying struggle for independence. “War was like an episode of awful, non-stop weather to us,” Fuller has said. “There were all the signs of build-up, but we thought it might blow over. And then, once you’re in the middle of something that intense, and all your resources and energy are going into fighting it, there’s no thought of anything except survival. You can’t even think about winning.”
Fuller’s experience of that war has informed all of her books which are, at heart, anti-war stories. But they are also love stories. “People think the book is a love letter to Africa,” Fuller has said of her debut memoir, “...but really it is a love letter to my mother—a fiercely glamorous, hard-drinking woman capable of terrifying and sometimes racist madness and equally terrifying compassion, and a woman whose madness was fueled by the death of three of her children.”
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