The Gnu’s Room, along with the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, is pleased to welcome N.Y. Times bestselling author, Robert Leleux, to Auburn for two special events. The first event is a luncheon and book talk to take place at Terra Cotta Cafe located at 415 E. Magnolia Avenue. Tickets are $35.00 and include lunch, beverage and dessert along with a signed copy of Leleux’s book. Twenty-five percent of the ticket proceeds will benefit literacy in East Alabama. Seating is limited to 40 and tickets are available at The Gnu’s Room.
The second event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 450 E. Thach Avenue. Leleux will speak to those in attendance about the book and his experiences with his grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s. We want to encourage folks to spread the word to caregivers and health care workers who might benefit from an inspirational talk by Leleux. There is no admission charge for this event, but donations along with 10% of book sales will go to the local Alzheimer’s Association.
Leleux’s latest publication, The Living End, is a tribute to an unforgettable woman and a testimony to the way a disease can awaken an urgent desire for love and forgiveness. Told with sparkling wit and warmth, The Living End will resonate with families coping with Alzheimer’s and any reader looking for hope and inspiration.
Robert Leleux’s grandmother, JoAnn, was a steel magnolia, an elegant and devastatingly witty woman: quick-tongued, generous in her affections but sometimes oddly indifferent to the emotions of those who most needed her. When JoAnn began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, she’d been estranged from her daughter, Robert’s mother, Jessica, for decades. As her disease progressed, JoAnn lost most of her memories, but she also forgot her old wounds and anger. She became a happy, gentler person who was finally able to reach out to her daughter in what became a strangely life-affirming experience, an unexpected blessing that gave a divided family a second chance.
For more information about this event, please contact Tina or Charlotte at 334-821-5550.