ART ACCESS PRESENTS public reading from "Memory's Last Breath" by Gerda Saunders (JUNE 29, SLC)

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Please join us for a reading from "Memory's Last Breath" by Gerda Saunders


Thursday, June 29, 2017
6:30 pm

Art Access
230 South 500 West, #125
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

As part of our Creative Aging Project, Art Access is proud to present a public reading by acclaimed writer, Gerda Saunders from her newly published personal memoir Memory's Last Breath.


Saunders' book is uncharted territory in the writing on dementia. One in nine Americans will experience dementia in their lifetime. 

Based on the "field notes" she keeps in her journal, Memory's Last Breath is Saunders' astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.

Gerda's story is receiving more and more praise. Maria Shriver with the Today Show interviewed her this week in Salt Lake City. To see a mini documentary on Gerda, click here. 

Attendance is FREE and open to the public. 

Questions or accommodation requests? Please contact 

A.S.L interpreter will be provided. 


Gerda with her husband Peter. 


"[A] deeply emotional and humbling memoir...a work of breathtaking defiance."

       --- Booklist 


Maria Shriver with Peter and Gerda Saunders. Maria Shriver interviewed Gerda on May 28th, 2017. Photo Credit by Today Show producer, Robert Powell.


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Art Access
230 South 500 West #125
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Phone: 801-328-0703



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