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Unremarried Widow: Author Talk with Artis Henderson

A world traveler, Artis Henderson dreamed of living abroad after college and becoming a writer some day. Marrying a conservative Texan soldier and being an Army wife was never in her plans. Nor was the devastating helicopter crash that took his life soon after their marriage. On November 6, 2006, the Apache helicopter carrying Artis's husband crashed in Iraq, leaving her -- in official military terms -- an "unremarried widow." She was twenty-six years old.

Delivered in breathtaking prose, Unremarried Widow is more than a grief memoir; it is a celebration of the unlikely love between two very different people, and the universality of both grief and hope.

Artis Henderson is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Florida Weekly, and the online literary journal Common Ties.

Join us during National Military Appreciation Month for an evening with the author of this brave and beautiful memoir.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13th

Bostick Auditorium, Richland Library Main

* Book description is excerpted from the book jacket copy by Simon & Schuster


Unremarried Widow: A Memoir by Artis Henderson
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