Reception, Reading, and Book Signing with Lisa Yarger, Author of "Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship"
On March 22, Lisa Yarger-author of the latest book in our "Documentary Arts and Culture" series with UNC Press-will present a reading from "Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship," followed by a book signing. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the 7 p.m. talk. "Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship" is a provocative chronicle of eastern NC midwife Lovie Beard Shelton's life and work, which spanned enormous changes in midwifery and in the ways women give birth. In this artful exploration of documentary fieldwork, Lisa Yarger confronts the choices involved in producing an authentic portrait of a woman who is at once loner and self-styled folk hero. Fully embracing the difficulties of telling a true story, Yarger is able to get at the story of telling the story. As Lovie describes her calling, we meet a woman who sees herself working in partnership with God and who must wrestle with the question of what happens when a woman who has devoted her life to service, to doing God's work, ages out of usefulness. When I'm no longer a midwife, who am I? Facing retirement and a host of health issues, Lovie attempts to fit together the jagged pieces of her life as she prepares for one final home birth. More information: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/books/lovie-story-southern-midwife-an... An interview with Lisa: http://magazine.wfu.edu/2016/12/12/when-lisa-met-lovie/