Mount Saint Joseph Academy's popular arts series, "Uniquely MSJ," will feature guest Sandra M. Levesque on Feb. 29 with a discussion of her famous book "Under a Fig Tree" and a recent book release about tropical storm Irene's devastation in Vermont.
"Wrath of Irene," co-edited by Ms. Levesque, was released in January 2012 and details the destructive storm and the community spirit that Vermonters invoked to overcome its challenges. Just five months after Tropical Storm Irene cut a devastating path through much of Vermont, more than 200 pages and 250 photographs tell the story of Irene and the White River Watershed, one of the hardest hit areas in the state. The "Wrath of Irene" goes beyond the storm's flood and destruction to record the spirit of "neighbors helping neighbors" with the resiliency and generosity that characterize Vermont community.
Ms. Levesque's appearance follows the inaugural program on Feb. 1 when Uniquely MSJ hosted an audience of well over 125 people to hear from best-selling author Mary McGarry Morris, MSJ '60. She discussed, among other things, the creative process that she undertakes, the making of two of her books into films,and the influence of MSJ teacher Walter Moore on her career. The audience and the author had a wonderful dialogue, moderated by MSJ Drama Director Jennifer Bagley. Earlier in the day, Ms. McGarry Morris had engaged in a very interesting discussion with MSJ students.Ms. Levesque, MSJ'64, will appear at the Bagley Theater at MSJ on Wed., Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. Ms. Levesque grew up in the Italian neighborhood surrounding MSJ. She is the author of "Under a Fig Tree," a memoir that provides an intimate account of the immigrant experience centering on Rutland’s Italian-American community. The book obviously has a special significance for those with a connection to Rutland, but has found a much wider national audience; it can even be found at the Museum Gift Shops of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and the Tenement Museum in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Admission for the evening with Sandy Levesque is $10. Tickets are available in advance at MSJ, Book King, Annie's Book Stop, or at the door.
The series then will continue with a third Uniquely MSJ event on Wednesday, March 21, featuring journalists Tony Marro MSJ '60, Nick Marro '62, and A.J. Marro ’66.