Great storytelling: Lauren Kessler takes Oregon Book Award

In a world of 140-character Twitter posts, where we have to cram narratives into 250-words and 60-second videos, it’s reassuring to see that the long story, the important story, the one that makes us question who we are and what life means, still thrives. Lauren Kessler‘s “Dancing with Rose” earned her the Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction. Those of us who studied under Lauren learned to use the term “literary nonfiction.” But no matter how you slice it or what you call it, Lauren’s dedication to craft and commitment to reporting are not only refreshing, but also inspiring. In “Dancing with Rose,” Lauren delivers insights about Alzheimer’s patients and their care. For the book, Lauren herself spent six months caring for people, changing their diapers and mopping floors at a local facility. Let’s hope there’s always a place for great storytelling.

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