Memoir Writer Phyllis Chinlund at WPL

Author Talk on Love, Art and Dementia at Wiscasset Library Sept. 26

Author, filmmaker, and geriatric social worker Phyllis Chinlund will talk at the Wiscasset Public Library at 5 p.m. on Wednesday September 26 about her long marriage to photographer Ray Witlin, and the struggles they went through as he developed Alzheimer’s.

Signed copies of her memoir, “Looking Back from the Gate: A Story of Love, Art, and Dementia,” will be for sale at the event.

In the book, she describes the difficult days of the onset of Alzheimer’s and how they got through them as the disease progressed. Moving from Manhattan to Maine, she writes, made life possible. Her memoir is a vivid portrait of a 30-year marriage and a testament to the endurance of love in the face of devastating mental and physical decline.

In her presentation she will read passages from her memoir, will show some of Ray’s work and will take questions from the audience.

The memoir has received wide praise from medical professionals and authors.

The event is free and open to the public. The Wiscasset Public Library is located at 21 High Street, Wiscasset, ME 04578. For questions call the library on 882-7161.