The Imperfect Truth of memory

Jun 20, 2014
Helen Peppe

Rockland — Author Helen Peppe will make a presentation titled “Photographic” Memory, An Illustration of Perspective and Imperfect Truth Thursday, July 3, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Memories are, in part, determined by how we perceive the world, which is defined by who we are at that moment in place and time we make the memory. In this presentation, participants will view photographs that illustrate not only perspective, but also the impossibility of being able to tell a complete truth based on personal memory. Discussion will ensue about the difference between honesty and truth and the importance of perspective and individuality, using Peppe’s memoir “Pigs Can’t Swim” as an example.

“Pigs Can’t Swim” tells the story of Peppe’s childhood as the odd one out in her chaotic family, describing her encounters with issues of race, class, animal rights, molestation, teen pregnancy and more coming-of-age confusion than anyone should endure. Unable to feel a sense of belonging in her tumultuous household, Peppe formed strong friendships with the family’s animals and buried herself in the work of James Herriot and Steven King as she made her way through 16 years of family conflict.

Writer and photographer Peppe lives near Portland with her two children, four dogs, eight rescued rabbits, four guinea pigs and two destructive kittens. She will bring chocolates and matted prints for all attendees.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310. This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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