The talk, which begins at 7:15 p.m., will kick off the January Festival of Writers.
Critics call “The Rules of Inheritance” “a powerful and searingly honest memoir” about a young woman who loses her family but finds herself in the process.
The coming-of-age story relates her parents’ cancer diagnoses when she was 14. It examines the tragedy she faced and also how she coped with grief and came to better understand her own role.
Bidwell Smith, who has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, has written for many publications and most recently worked as a bereavement counselor for a hospice in Chicago. She is beginning a series of workshops around grief.
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