Saturday, March 14, 2015 (6:00pm Pacific Time)
Walnut Creek Library Foundation Authors Gala
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Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Sunday, January 18, 2015 (3:00-4:30pm)
Denver Woman's Press Club
1325 Logan St.
Denver, CO  80203
Sunday Salon, How Write a Memoir
Jennifer Phelps, co-presenter

Author Elizabeth Van Ingen and poet, writer, and editor Jennifer Phelps will discuss how to write memoir at this salon. How do you turn your personal story into a book? What form should it take? Do you write with specific themes in mind, or do they just emerge? Should it be a braided story or chronological? Are you revealing too much "personal stuff"? If you've always thought you wanted to write your memoir, we look forward to an exciting and lively conversation.

Free and open to the public; $5 donation appreciated.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Alzheimer's Symposium
Breakout class: Experience as a Care Giver, 12:45-2:00
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 South Syracuse St. 
Denver, CO 80237
Symposium from 9: to 4:00

Friday, May 30, 2014
Book Passage
Reading, discussion and book signing
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
7:00 pm
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May 10, 2014
Highlands Ranch Library
9292 S Ridgeline Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
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May 8, 2014
Oxford Hotel
The Colorado Book Award Finalist Reading
$15 (online or at the door)
1600 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 628-5400
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Monday, April 14, 2014
Radio interview: KWPC
Muscatine, Iowa
8:00 am

Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Flower Gallery
Reading, discussion and book signing
131 E. 2nd St.
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
1:00 to 3:00 pm
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Saturday April 12,  2014
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Reading, discussion and book signing
15 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
(319) 337-2681
2:00 pm
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Monday, March 24, 2014
Changing Hands Bookstore
Reading, discussion and book signing
7:00 pm
6428 S McClintock Dr.
Tempe, Arizona 85283
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Reader Review of Kismet:

Liz Gibbons, a young, naïve Californian, traveled to Iran in 1959 to visit her father. While there, she met and married Tony Van Ingen, a handsome Dutch-American. Together they started a life abroad for various spans of time: Iran, Morocco, South Africa, Beirut, the Arabian Peninsula, as well as China. Tony was a traveling executive for Firestone Tires.

Finally, in 1974, their exotic life ended and they moved, with their two daughters, to Muscatine, Iowa. That's when Liz noted that Tony's personality was changing. She had to face what would be a tragic end for a man who had been charismatic. He had Alzheimer's. Her book then changes course while she relates how Tony became someone she really didn't know. His rages. His despair when he realized that he was not the man he used to be.

Liz wanted to remember her husband in those good years, the 60s and the 70s. It did become a shock to realize that all the things that she depended on him for were now hers to solve. Ten years of being a caring though reluctant caregiver took its toll on her as well as on him.

The initial chapters of Liz Van Ingen's Kismet are a delight to read. She portrays their nomadic life as an adventure – not all sweetness and light of course, but exciting and unusual. The complete turnaround when the family moved back to the States must have been a terrible awakening. Her memories of those last ten years caring for her husband aren't ones she wants to dwell on. She must prefer to go farther back in time and open her memory banks on better days.

-- M. A. S.

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