Doug Rice will read from his new novel, Here Lies Memory, which explores the place of memory in the daily practice of living scarred and sacred lives. It is the story of two Pittsburgh families struggling to survive trauma and love. A man wills himself to go blind, not to forget, but to remember in new ways. Another man drinks beer after beer until he can no longer drink away what he must face directly. Here Lies Memory explores what language and photographs do to memory, desire and love, and what gentrification is doing to the souls of families and neighborhoods.