Ava Dellaira: Love Letters to the Dead

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Ava Dellaira: Love Letters to the Dead

Time: April 6, 2014 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Location: Simms Center for the Performing Arts, Albuquerque Academy
Street: 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE
City/Town: Albuquerque
Website or Map: http://www.aa.edu/communityac…
Event Type: free, lecture, register, in, advance
Organized By: Albuquerque Academy
Latest Activity: Mar 12, 2014

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Albuquerque native Ava Dellaira will read from her debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead. In this novel, Ava shares a powerful story of life, courage and loss. It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she begin to discover her own path.


Ava Dellaira graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 2002. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Love Letters to the Dead is her debut novel. She currently lives in Santa Monica, where she is writing her second book and works in the film industry.

Copies of Love Letters to the Dead will be available for sale at this event and Ava also will be signing copies. 

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