Weber to join Young Readers discussion on loss, illness in Week Nine selections



The CLSC Young Readers program for the final week of the season offers two stories of loss and hope. Readers ages 11 and younger have explored 11-year-old Melody’s cerebral palsy in Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind, while readers 12 and older have learned the story of Hazel Lancaster and her struggle with cancer in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

To further engage readers on the books’ themes, the Young Readers program welcomes Doron Weber, this week’s CLSC author of Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir, at 4:15 p.m. today in the Alumni Hall Ballroom.

Weber will discuss his book and share the experience of losing his son almost eight years ago.

Weber hopes to foster a discussion on losing loved ones and give readers an opportunity to speak openly about such a sensitive topic.

Weber wrote his book hoping to share his son’s colorful life with the world. The story also sheds light on the reality of medical malpractice in America.

“I was writing my personal story, but it turns out it’s but one small example of something that’s an epidemic,” Weber said. “I think we need to try to do something about it, because it just gets worse and worse.”

Those who have lost a loved one or who are battling a terminal illness themselves should find a way to express themselves, whether it be through art, music or writing, Weber said. Because grieving tends to be isolating, it may be helpful for those grieving to read, as it is also a solitary experience.

“Stories are one of the ways we make sense of the world,” Weber said.

Weber stressed that although it may be difficult, it is important to talk about loss.

“One of the terrible things about going through something like this is it’s very isolating, and you don’t feel like you’re part of the world anymore,” Weber said. “The thing about telling these stories and hearing these stories is, you realize what other people have been through, and there is great comfort in that.”