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Columbine Shooter's Mother: I Carry Him 'Everywhere I Go, Always'
Sue Klebold says she wishes she'd asked her son Dylan "the kinds of questions that would've encouraged him to open up." Published 17 years after the massacre, her new memoir is A Mother's Reckoning.

From NPR: 

In her new memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning, Sue describes the guilt, despair, shame and confusion that have plagued her in the 17 years since the Columbine massacre. She hopes that her book will honor the memories of the people her son killed, and perhaps help other parents whose children may be struggling with mental health issues. (All of the author revenues from the book, minus expenses, will be donated to research and charitable foundations focusing on mental health issues).


Anyone interested in reading this memoir for Term 2? You can also read or listen to this news report and use as a current event for extra credit. 

I used to think I couldn’t go a day without your smile. Without telling you things and hearing your voice back.

Then that day arrived and it was so damn hard but the next was harder. And I knew with a sinking feeling it was going to get worse and I wasn’t going to be okay for a very long time.

Because losing someone isn’t an occasion or an event. It doesn’t just happen once. It happens over and over again. I lost you everytime I pick up your coffee mug; whenever that one song plays on the radio, or when I discover your old T-Shirt at the bottom of my laundry pile.

I lose you everytime I think of kissing you, holding you, or wanting you. I go to bed at night and I lose you, when I wish I could tell you about my day. And in the morning, when I wake and reach for the empty space across the sheets, I begin to lose you all over again.

—  Lang Leav, Lullabies
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Congratulations to the finalists of the Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards!

The nominees for Memoir/Biography are:

• BodyHome by Chelsey Clammer, Hopewell Publications
• Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel by Kate Evans, Coyote Creek Books
• Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Fri June 3rd, following the BWA’s annual reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, known as Bi Lines, to be held in New York City at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm.