Hickory – Charlotte author Judy Goldman is the featured speaker for the Friends of Hickory Public Library Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, in the meeting room at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The public is invited to attend this free event. Refreshments will be served.

“We will present our 2019-2020 board members, hold a very short business meeting, and then enjoy refreshments and our special guest speaker, Judy Goldman,” said Rochelle Walton, president of the Friends board. “Community members are welcome to attend and meet and hear Judy talk about her writing, especially her latest memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap.

Judy is the author of two memoirs, two novels and two books of poetry. Her memoir, Losing My Sister was named a finalist for Memoir of the Year by both Southeast Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and ForeWord Review. Her novel, The Slow Way Back, was a finalist for SIBA Novel of the Year, winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Fiction. Her poetry collection, Wanting To Know the End, was the winner of the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize and the top three prizes for a book of poetry by a North Carolinian — the Roanoke-Chowan Prize, Zoe Kincaid Brockman Prize, and Oscar Arnold Young Prize.

Judy’s most recent memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, was published in February this year. Together is her unforgettable account of the struggle to regain their “normal” life and a nuanced portrait of a marriage tested after a routine procedure left her husband paralyzed.

Born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Judy lives with her husband in Charlotte. They have two married children and four grandchildren.

Copies of Judy’s book will be available for purchase at the annual meeting.

The Friends of Hickory Public Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and services to enhance the Patrick Beaver and Ridgeview libraries.