Elizabeth Cunningham will collaborate with Lee Reid in a presentation on Sunday in Slocan about communication between youth and seniors. Photo submitted

A literary afternoon with authors Lee Reid and Elizabeth Cunningham

Authors will read and talk about inter-generational connection and education

Submitted by the Slocan Community Library

Two authors who are advocates for inter-generational education and connection will read from their work at the Slocan Community Library on March 1.

Lee Reed is the author of Growing Together: Conversations with Seniors and Youth, and Elizabeth Cunningham is the author of A Fragile Grace.

“In a few years, our generation of youth will have the most power, which we are not ready for,” said a 16 year old after one of several conversation groups that brought seniors and youth together at L.V. Rogers Secondary School in Nelson.

“It is important to have people who are already experienced in life to guide us. It is important to know about history, so that we don’t repeat the mistakes.”

When asked what youth wanted to discuss with seniors, they said, “We want to talk about climate change and #MeToo. Will you tell us about death, because the media scare us with violent, gory and grotesque images? We need to know if love is an unreal infatuation at our age, and what love means for older people. Can we talk about loneliness? How can we know if technology makes loneliness worse or better?”

Author reading events are free for the public at the Slocan Community Library at 710 Harold St., across from the Harold Street Café.

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