DarcyLeechThe Bethany College English Department and the Writing Center will host a book talk and signing by Darcy Leech ‘08, on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Welcome Center Board Room on the Bethany campus.

Leech, author of “From My Mother,” a memoir about surviving and thriving in a family ravaged by genetic disease, will present on “Publishing and Marketing a First Book in the Social Media Era.” She graduated from the Bethany College Honors program as a summa cum laude with a dual major in English Education and Philosophy.

In her presentation, she will discuss building an author platform, finding a publisher and marketing a first book in the social media era. Readers and writers alike will enjoy this first hand presentation on the quickly changing publishing landscape of the literary world after Facebook. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session and a personal book signing.

Born into a family ravaged by genetic disease, Leech shares a coming of age story as much about beginnings as endings in exploring the life lessons learned in losing her brother and mother to myotonic muscular dystrophy. Leech narrates a moving meditation of the enduring mysteries of what dormant harbingers of genetic disease lurk within, the surprising possibilities in loss, and the deep resilience of the human spirit. The narrative highlights the relationship between diseased mother and healthy daughter, revealing Jo Lyn as a woman of strength, a caretaker who quietly marched toward her own degenerative weakness, someone grappling for identity while ostracized by an invisible disease, and a resilient spirit who endured holding the child who inherited her genetic misfortune as he took his last breath. “From My Mother” is the honest story of finding joy through loss, living fully within limitations and the universal struggle of grappling for identity against the device of innate genetic code through invested love and personal choice. 

 This program is free and open to the public.