Join Friends of the Lewis County Public Library for an exciting evening with New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins. Andra will be at the library on Thursday, August 25 at 3:30 p.m. to share why she walked the entire Natchez Trace to make a memory and to inspire our community to make memories of our own.
Andra’s motivational talk is entitled “Make A Memory” and is about turning “I wish I had” into “I’m glad I did.” Andra’s presentation challenges audiences to evaluate their relationships. She will give concrete ideas and strategies to leave attendees inspired to make a memory of their own. Andra will have tools available to help create a specific invite for a loved one to make a memory before they leave. In a one-hour, high-energy presentation, Andra will show everyone, whatever their phase of life, how to make memories that matter.
This program is not a typical author program, where the author reads a few passages and sits at a signing table. Andra will lead you on a dynamic journey. Her rousting presentation will make you laugh and cry, but more importantly, go back to your life and make memories with people who matter. Every week, she receives emails from readers chronicling the memories they’ve made.
Andra lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a non-practicing CPA with an accounting degree from Francis Marion University. “Not Without My Father: Why I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory” is Andra Watkins’ New York Times bestselling memoir.
Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero? Andra needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day, for thirty-four days. After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father.
As Andra trudged America’s forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late.
“Not Without My Father” was nominated for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sarton Memoir Award and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Autobiographies and Memoirs. Her other works include her debut novel “To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis” and her photography collection, “Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time.”
Andra is a dynamic public speaker, and she is passionate about influencing others to make important memories before it’s too late. Whether you are just starting out, facing the gamut of mid-life changes, or approaching life’s twilight, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend an hour to make a memory that you will cherish forever.
This event is free and is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Copies of Andra’s books will be available for purchase. For more information about this or other library programs, stop by or call the library at (931) 796-5365.