Leaving 1203 Releases October 9th
With philosopher McCarty’s characteristic wisdom, marvel, exuberance, and good will, she tells the story of emptying her beloved family home—remembering, letting go, and holding on to what matters most. Readers participate in her poignant farewell, share her joys, and also return home again.
Note from Marietta
At last, I can’t find the words. Writing Leaving 1203 was the thrill of a lifetime. When at last I held the book, I felt an itching excitement to share it immediately. I’m going to borrow retiring Yankee ballplayer Lou Gehrig’s words spoken in 1939: “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
Upcoming Events for Leaving 1203
Opening Day finds Marietta in her hometown of Richmond, the setting of Leaving 1203. She will speak in the Sisisky Room at the lovely Carol and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center, greeting old friends and making new ones, welcoming questions and shared experiences.
Marietta’s longtime work home is the scene for the Charlottesville launch of Leaving 1203. She returns to Piedmont Virginia Community College for what’s sure to be a lively time. Her talk and discussion will be in the Commons in the Dickinson Building with its beautiful view of the pond and mountains—formerly Marietta’s station for office hours before teaching her Honors philosophy classes.
Come for a taste of southern cooking and Sunday relaxation reminiscent of patio days celebrated in Leaving 1203. Executive Chef Harrison Keevil will serve up small plates of 1203 food for body and soul. Marietta will speak at 2pm and again at 4pm.
Jazz Messenger Brian Keena welcomes Marietta back to his show. They’ll play tunes from Leaving 1203 and share stories of home emptying. The music that spun on the turntable in the 1203 pantry has never gone out of style.
Marietta teams up for the second time with WMRA in their terrific Books and Brews Series, returning to the inviting and tasty setting at Pale Fire Brewery.
WMRA’s collaboration with Pro Re Nata Brewery inches the Books and Brews experience closer to Central Virginia, and Marietta and Mary Katharine Froehlich start the dialogue anew. If you had fun in Harrisonburg, come again—a repeat of the previous night’s spontaneity would be impossible—free-ranging conversation guaranteed.
Marietta returns to the Tuckahoe Shopping Center where she walked at age 16 to her first job! She brings Leaving 1203 close to home for good food and wine at Puck’s.
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