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Carol Smith in conversation with Anna Quinn, Crossing the River: Seven Stories that Saved My Life, a Memoir

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Tue, 05/11/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Join us for the launch of this memoir that is already getting a lot of buzz!


In Crossing the River: Seven Stories that Saved My Life, Smith recounts how she faced her crippling loss through reporting a series of profiles of people coping with their own intense challenges, whether a life-altering accident, injury, or diagnosis. These were stories of survival and transformation, of people facing devastating situations that changed them in unexpected ways. Smith deftly mixes the stories of these individuals and their families with her own account of how they helped her heal. General John Shalikashvili, once the most powerful member of the American military, taught Carol how to face fear with discipline and endurance. Seth, a young boy with a rare and incurable illness, shed light on the totality of her son’s experiences, and in turn helps readers see that the value of a life is not measured in days. 

Crossing the River is a beautiful and profoundly moving book, an unforgettable journey through grief toward hope, and a valuable, illuminating read for anyone coping with loss.

“Crossing the River grapples with an unbearable loss, one that no parent, or reader for that matter, ever wants to confront. Carol Smith dares us to enter this world of grief with her and by doing so gives us a vulnerable and brave story of resilience, hope, and healing that can only be found in communion with others.”
~Salamishah Tillet, author of In Search of the Color Purple

Carol Smith is an award-winning journalist and editor for NPR affiliate KUOW in Seattle. She has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and written for the LA Times. Her newspaper work has won dozens of national and regional awards and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize seven times and her writing has appeared in more than a dozen literary journals. Smith was recently named “Editor of the Year” by Public Media Journalists Association. One of Carol’s great passions is working with KUOW’s youth radio group, Radioactive, which teaches high school students from diverse backgrounds to tell their personal stories for radio in their own voices.

Anna Quinn is the author of The Night Child. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Psychology Today, Writers’ Digest, Washington 129 Anthology, the Alone Together Anthology: Comfort in the Time of Covid, and more. News about her second novel, Angeline, to be announced soon. Read more at

Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life, A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419750137
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Press - May 4th, 2021

The Night Child Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982546427
Availability: Not in-stock currently- expect arrival in 1-14 business days
Published: Blackstone Publishing - March 5th, 2019