Books

Memoir follows recovery from brain injury

“Louise: Amended” by Louise Krug (Black Balloon Publishing, 192 pages, $14 paper)

When University of Kansas grad Louise Krug went west — to Los Angeles — to make her career in journalism, she thought luck was with her when she almost immediately picked up a Britney Spears-watching gig for Us magazine. But what happened next changed her plans and her life: a cavernous angioma in her brain ruptured. She couldn’t see straight, she had paralysis in her face, and one of her feet dragged.

“Louise: Amended” is the story of her recovery, her reactions and her relationships. She details her treatments and her progress, her persistence and frustrations, and the effect the whole incident has on her friends and family.

The book switches between first-person narration by Krug about the events, and third-person narration about what she imagines others are feeling and doing in relation to her. The shifts are somewhat jarring, but the technique lets readers inside the minds of others dealing with the situation.

Krug has since returned to Kansas, for graduate school at KU. She will be in Wichita for a reading and book-signing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas. For more information, call 316-682-1181.

Poetry series in April

Every Wednesday evening this month, Watermark Books will feature readings by local poets.

This Wednesday is Mike Poage of Wichita, whose most recent book is “Voice Over.”

April 11 is Bill Sheldon of Hutchinson, whose latest book is “Rain Comes Riding.”

April 18 is Jeanine Hathaway and Bill Coleman, both of Wichita. Hathaway’s most recent book is “The Ex-Nun Poems”; Coleman teaches at the Northfield School in Wichita.

April 25 is Bryan Dietrich of Wichita, whose most recent book is “The Assumption.”

The readings start at 7 p.m. and are free.

Kansas writer wins award for novel

Thomas Fox Averill’s novel “Rode,” released last fall, was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 in the annual Western Heritage Awards, presented by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City

Averill is an English professor at Washburn University and runs the Map of Kansas Literature project. Another of his novels, “Secrets of the Tsil Cafe,” was recently re-released by the University of New Mexico Press.

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