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Narrative Medicine Rounds: “Between Them: Remembering My Parents,” A Talk About Memoirs by Richard Ford


Apr 04, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY

For our April 2018 Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome the novelist Richard Ford, who will speak about his memoir, Between Them: Remembering My Parents (The Ecco Press, 2017). It is the first nonfiction book for Mr. Ford, the Emmanuel Roman and Barrie Sardoff Roman Professor of the Humanities, who has been teaching at the School of the Arts since he arrived at Columbia University in 2012.

Mr. Ford’s 1995 novel, Independence Day, was the first book to receive both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The book was the second in his critically acclaimed Bascombe Trilogy, which began with The Sportswriter in 1986, a work that introduced readers to Frank Bascombe, novelist-turned-sports-writer-turned-realtor.

He completed the trilogy in 2006 with The Lay of the Land—or so Mr. Ford’s readers thought until 2014, when he published Let Me Be Frank with You, four linked novellas that further chronicled Bascombe’s life. His other works include the novels A Piece of My Heart, The Ultimate Good Luck, and Wildlife, as well as the short fiction collections Rock Springs and Women with Men. His latest novel, Canada (2012), was a best-seller.

For Mr. Ford, the questions of what his parents dreamed of, how they loved each other and loved him become a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century. Between Them is his vivid image of where his life began and where his parents’ lives found their greatest satisfaction. Bringing his candor, wit, and intelligence to this most intimate and mysterious of landscapes—our parents’ lives—he delivers an exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.

Narrative Medicine Rounds are lectures or readings presented by scholars, clinicians, or writers engaged in work at the intersection of narrative and health care. Rounds are held on the first Wednesday of each month during the Spring and Fall terms from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and are followed by a reception. Rounds are free and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary. Students, staff, faculty, patients, friends, and interested others are warmly welcome to attend.


Richard Ford, author