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Friday, October 12 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano

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At just twelve years old, talented classical pianist Andrea Avery was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis. In her breathtaking memoir Sonata, Avery explores the struggle of growing up with RA, and the inspiration and salvation of the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, as well as Franz Schubert’s haunting last sonata. Booklist calls it a “moving memoir of living with pain, and with music.” Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Andrea Avery

Andrea Avery holds an MFA from Arizona State University and teaches English in Phoenix. Hershort pieces have been published in Real Simple, Ploughshares, and The Oxford American,among others, and she was a finalist in Glamour magazine’s annual essay contest. This is herfirst bo... Read More →