On Sunday, December 8, Alysia Abbott, author of the acclaimed Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father, will share a conversation and readings at MCC of the Blue Ridge as part of our worship celebration at 11:00 am

Drawing from her father’s journals, drawings, and life, Alysia will share some of his spiritual journey through their life together as a widowed gay father raising a daughter in San Francisco, being diagnosed with HIV, and his death from complications of AIDS. This is a unique and powerful story of a daughter’s deep love for her father and how his life continues to touch ours.

Alysia Abbott was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, the only daughter of gay poet and critic, Steve Abbott. After receiving her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from New School University, she worked at the New York Public Library and WNYC Radio. In 2013, she published her first book, “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father,” which was named a New York Times “Editors’ Choice,” an O, The Oprah Magazine “Book of the Week,” and one of The New Yorker’s “Books To Watch Out For: June.” Her work has appeared in Vogue, Slate, Salon, TheAtlantic.com, Real Simple, Psychology Today, and various anthologies.  Alysia has also been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

Alysia will be available to sign copies of her book following the worship celebration.

Alysia will also be reading at The Roanoke Readings at 7:00 pm at Kirk Avenue Music Hall.