Author discusses welfare, poverty April 20

Announcement from Firestorm Cafe and Books:

Barbara Morrison, author of Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, a memoir of her time on welfare, will host a FREE book discussion and reading
at the Firestorm Café and Books on Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m.

Discussion topics will range from poverty and public assistance to writing and publishing.

Innocent has received awards from Independent Publisher, USA Book News, ForeWord Review and the New England Book Festival.

Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood, Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility. However, when her marriage soured, she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother. Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons, she was forced to accept the handout so disdained by her parents and their world: welfare. This dramatic memoir tells how one woman finds and grasps the lifeline that ultimately enables her to become independent.

Morrison uses her experiences as a welfare recipient to illuminate a system that can be difficult to negotiate and to explore what actually works to help families escape from poverty. She celebrates the courage and generosity of her fellow recipients. Innocent offers a powerful personal narrative on important social issues. Part coming-of-age story and part immersion in a foreign culture, this book puts a human face on poverty. It is a must-read for anyone interested in social justice, women’s issues, or the truth behind the headlines.

Event Details:
Saturday, April 20, 2013 • 2-4 p.m.
Firestorm Café and Books
48 Commerce Street • Asheville, NC 28801
Free and open to the public.

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