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Teddy Roosevelt and Trump, Lobotomies, and Photographs at the March Literary Sala

By Carole Schor

The Literary Sala on March 8 is proud to present Gerard Helferich, author of An Unlikely Trust, and memoirist and photographer Janet Sternburg, author of White Matter: A Memoir on Family and Medicine.

Gerard Helferich

An Unlikely Trust: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Improbable Partnership that Remade American Business is a study of the collaboration between Teddy Roosevelt and JP Morgan, two very different men who came together for the good of the nation, despite their sometimes conflicting interests. It is a story of inspiration for our times.

JP Morgan was instrumental in resolving the Great Coal Strike of 1902, which was the first great test of Roosevelt’s presidency and which was threatening the country with full-scale social warfare. The two men then worked together to resolve the Panic of 1907, avoiding unmitigated financial disaster. Morgan and Roosevelt sowed the seeds for government regulation of business as we know it. Their relationship helped to split the Republican Party in 1912. And now, according to Helferich, the Trump administration is feverishly undoing the essential system of business regulation that Roosevelt and Morgan established.

Janet Sternburg

Janet Sternburg’s memoir, White Matter, touches on a topic we see frequently in today’s news, mental illness. Her memoir intertwines the story of two lobotomized relatives, the history of lobotomy itself, and how she channeled the despair of her family’s story and her own coming of age into a career of art, filmmaking, poetry, and photography.

She will discuss the relationship between facts and creativity in writing memoir, offering her own guidelines, which she calls “scrupulous imagination.” She may also touch lightly on her career as a photographer and her new book, Overspilling World.

Writers’ Conference Recordings

Did you miss any of the extraordinary Writers’ Conference keynote addresses by Wally Lamb, Rita Dove, John Vaillant, Jorge Volpi, Joseph Boyden, or Benjamin Saenz? Do you wish you could have taken one of the writing skills workshops at the conference? We have great news for you. You may purchase recordings of these speeches and workshops at this Literary Sala event on March 8.



You may also become a member of the Literary Sala at the March 8 event, or online at Membership in the Literary Sala supports the literary life of San Miguel, including scholarships for teens and reading projects for children in the campo. It also offers attractive benefits like reading groups, discounts at the monthly author readings, as well as discounts and priority seating at the Annual Writers’ Conference.

Join us for an evening of written histories and visual art at the Literary Sala on March 8 at 5pm at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is 50 pesos for members, 100 pesos for nonmembers, and includes a wine reception.



San Miguel Literary Sala presents

Gerard Helferich

Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin


Janet Sternburg

White Matter: A Memoir on Family and Medicine

Thu, Mar 8, 5–7pm

Hotel Posada de Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

100 pesos

50 pesos for Literary Sala members

Complimentary wine reception



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