Garber brings ‘Implosion’ to Camden

Jul 13, 2018
Elizabeth Garber

Camden — Belfast author Elizabeth Garber will read and sign her new memoir, "Implosion: The Architect's Daughter," Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

Garber's memoir, "Implosion: The Architect's Garber’s father, visionary architect Woodie Garber, had already built his masterwork — the family’s glass-walled house — when he received the commission to create Sanders Hall, a glass tower dormitory at the University of Cincinnati. At the time, Elizabeth was still impressed with her brilliant father and his taste for modernism, jazz, art and racecars. But as she grew up, her adoration faded. Woodie became more controlling, belittling and inappropriate.

As the late 1960s and early ‘70s culture wars and race riots reached Cincinnati, and Elizabeth started dating an African-American student at her high school, Woodie’s racism emerged. He became more volatile. His abuse splintered the family, and unexpected problems with the design of Sanders Hall precipitated a financial crisis that was exacerbated by a sinking economy. In the end, not only was the family torn apart, but so was Sanders Hall.

In this powerful memoir, Elizabeth Garber describes Woodie’s deepening mental illness, the destruction of her family, and her own slow healing from his abuse. She also is the author of three books of poetry, "True Affections: Poems from a Small Town" (2012), "Listening Inside the Dance" (2005) and "Pierced by the Seasons" (2004). Three of her poems were read on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac” and her poem “Feasting” was included in “Good Poems for Hard Times.”

Garber was awarded writing fellowships at Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. She studied Greek Epic in the Mythology and Folklore Department at Harvard, received a BA from Johns Hopkins, an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Masters Program and a Master of Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. She has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist for more than 30 years in Midcoast Maine, where she raised her family. For more information, visit

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