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Speaking truth and seeking healing

May’s InkWellTold Reading Series to feature JJ Lee and Lenore Rattray

It’s been said that when you look at a person, any person, they have a story to tell.

Deeply personal, sometimes tormented and troubled, memoirs are humanity’s stories. Authors JJ Lee and Lenore Rattray will be sharing how their lives have influenced their writing at the next InkWellTold reading-in-conversation series which showcases two authors at different places in their personal storytelling.

InkWellTold, a bi-monthly event presented by the Delta Literary Arts Society (DLAS) and the City of Delta, will take place at the North Delta Centre for the Arts on Saturday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to conversations about why people write about their lives and more specifically, how that writing leads to healing,” said DLAS board member and host for the evening, Kimberly Lawton.

Lee’s memoir, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit, weaves together the story about a troubled father and son relationship and what it means to be a man through an unexpected history of men’s fashion while moving towards forgiveness. Lee has been a finalist for numerous awards including the Governor Generals’ Award for nonfiction. He mentors and instructs creative nonfiction at The Writer’s Studio program at SFU and also sits on the board of the Surrey International Writers Conference.

Rattray's life story was initially disrupted during a crime that captivated Canada in 1992 when she was robbed and kidnapped at gunpoint, disappearing for nine days. Since then, she has worked in communications, public relations, and roles of service to others, prompting her to write about her experience in the hopes of healing and helping others who have lived through trauma as well.

InkWellTold will be the first time she will be sharing her story publicly.

The experiences being shared will be troubling and disturbing, but will come with a great deal of hope and understanding of the freedom and release that comes from writing your personal story.

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