Together We Are Normal - A Lifetime of Love | Panel Discussion with Kathryn Scheldt & John Dowdney
Join us for a panel discussion with authors of Together We Are Normal, Kathryn Scheldt and John Dowdney. Through their tales of life and love, their loving playful banter, and maybe even a song or two, you are sure to enjoy this very special evening! Tickets are $30 and include a signed copy of the couple’s novel. Together We Are Normal is a memoir written by Kathryn Scheldt and her partner, John Dowdney. According to Frye Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, “It is the story of a love that flourished and flamed out against the turbulent, turned-on backdrop of the 1960s and 1970s, and then rekindled in a late-life second chance that many of us might envy.” “Kathryn and John each share the story in their own particular voices. Searingly honest, graceful, and resonant.” About the authors: Kathryn Aurelia Scheldt Kathryn Aurelia Scheldt is an internationally acclaimed song-writer, author, and recording artist. She has published seven CDs of original songs as well as three books, The Guitar Songbook for Music Therapy, Six Neapolitan Songs for the Classic Guitar, and The Quilt and the Poetry of Alabama Music. Scheldt has performed in a variety of venues including The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, The Southern Festival of Books, The Alabama Writers Forum, and Thacker Mountain Radio. Her song “Last Shrimp Boat” anchored the soundtrack for the Emmy-winning documentary In the Path of the Storms. Formerly a music professor who has taught in several Southern universities including Queens University of Charlotte and the University of South Alabama, Scheldt holds a master’s degree in music performance. Scheldt recently published her first book of poetry, Spasms, followed by her memoir, Together We Are Normal, with her partner John. John Heyward Dowdney John Heyward Dowdney, first-time author, springs from illustrious literary and historical giants. On his paternal side: The Edwin Emerson Family Papers; Abraham Dowdney, representative from New York; and Edward Fitzgerald, British author and translator of The Rubyait of Omar Khayyam. Dowdney is a descendant of Thomas Heyward, Jr., South Carolina’s signer of the Declaration of Independence; and his maternal lineage also boasts DuBose Heyward, author of Porgy and The Country Bunny. Dowdney attended Trinity School in Manhattan and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He spent several years in the Peace Corps in West Africa followed by twenty-five years in corporate America. When he retreated from the corporate tower, he became a gardener on one of South Carolina’s sea islands. Dowdney’s memoir with partner Kathryn, Together We Are Normal, is his first published book.
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