In 2010, Gerda Saunders learned that she has dementia. She was 61 years old at the time, and soon had to leave her post teaching at the University of Utah. So Gerda started writing what she calls her field notes on dementia. The result is a new memoir due out this week. We’ve been following Gerda over the last year with a series of short films documenting her journey, and Monday, Doug sits down to talk to her about her book. It’s called Memory’s Last Breath.
Gerda Saunders served as Associate Director for the University of Utah’s Gender Studies Program. She’s the author of a collection of short stories called Blessings on the Sheep Dog [Indie Bookstores|Amazon], and her new memoir is called Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on my Dementia [Indie Bookstores|Amazon|Audible]
On Thursday, June 22, The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City will host the launch party for Gerda's book. That's at 7:00 p.m. [Details]
The following Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., Gerda will give a reading at Art Access Gallery in Salt Lake City. [Details]
Watch the latest in our short films about Gerda. It's about her fabulous sense of style, and whether all the effort she's putting into her appearance will worth it when she can no longer manage it herself. Watch all the RadioWest films about Gerda here