In the summer of 2010, I went to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival to take a memoir class from the incredible Hope Edelman. In that class was someone else incredible, Arthur Fleischmann. Arthur and I just "clicked" immediately. He was there working on the book he was co-writing with his daughter Carly, who has non-verbal autism but found her "voice" through an augmentative communication device. I'm happy to say they completed their book, Carly's Voice, and just this week it was published.
Arthur has the gift of being one of those super funny, gregarious, entertaining and delightful people that write just like they talk, and those gifts helped get him through the worst of times, and share joyously with all of us the best. I had the honor of reading an early version of the book, and look forward to my "real" copy arriving any day now. If I ever get Arthur to Portland I'll let you know, he'd be a delight to hear speak, and I promise you'd never forget his stories of what it's been like being Carly's father.
To learn more about the invincible Carly and to order their book, click here.