Join us for a special reading of Space Heart with author Linda Buckmaster.
Thursday, November 8th at 7 pm join the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science and Burrow Press for a reading, discussion, and Q&A with Linda Buckmaster, Author of Space Heart and Jim Ross, editor of In Season.
“A wonderful juxtaposition of science and sentiment” – Beth Laura O’Leary, author of Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology & Heritage
In 1962, as John Glenn orbits the earth and sea turtles lay their eggs, as they have for millennia, on wild Florida beaches just miles from Cape Canaveral, eleven-year-old Linda Buckmaster becomes one of the first children to successfully undergo open-heart surgery. Encountering more of a problem than they anticipated, surgeons improvise a solution using Teflon, a material developed for the space industry. Through the eyes of a rocket engineer’s daughter, Space Heart combines prose poems, narrative memoir, and history to juxtapose the natural world of Space Coast Florida in the 1950s and 60s with the cutting-edge technology of the early days of the space race.
Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of the Atlantic most of her life. Born in Miami, she grew up in Space Coast Florida and has been in Midcoast Maine for four decades. Former Poet Laureate of her small town of Belfast, Maine, her poetry, essay, and fiction have appeared in over thirty journals. She has been awarded writing residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studios Center, Kezar Lake, Maine, Landfall Trust in Newfoundland, and Obras Foundation in Portugal.