April Virtual Book Club - Saved By A Song By Mary Gauthier

Save by a Song book cover

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
5:30 PM PST




Join us for our next meeting of the WWU Alumni Association Book Club on Wednesday, April 27th. Alumna K. Trinn Murray will be moderating a discussion on Saved By A Song by Mary Gauthier.

You can join the Book Club Group in WE Connect to catch any book club announcements, as well as connect with your fellow book club members between monthly meetings.

Make sure to pick up a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore, and register for the April Book Club meeting through the link below.

PS - If you are unable to finish the book we would still love to have you join us for good conversation. We hope you will take part in this casual event, and enjoy a drink or snack during our time together!

Saved by a Song book cover

Saved By A Song

An acclaimed singer/songwriter digs soulfully into her craft.

A great song can capture time and place, conjure elaborate fictions, and convey deep, emotional truths. This collection unveils how a master managed many of her most memorable pieces, like a magician revealing all of her tricks. It's no surprise that Gauthier (b. 1962), best known for the moving folk songs of Mercy Now and her concept album about her adoption, The Foundling, is an authoritative writer. Though the details of her life that inform her stunningly straightforward song "I Drink" are interesting to read, knowing them doesn't really magnify the song's impact once you've heard it.

However, when the author shows her editing process for the song, making the symbolism stronger and switching points of view, it's a lesson that's hard to forget. Gauthier brings that sharp honesty to a variety of songs and the topics that inspired them, whether it was her decision to leave the restaurant business to become a songwriter, her knack of picking the wrong women for relationships, or losing friends to the AIDS crisis.

She explains how she uses that authority to help military veterans take control of their experiences and turn them into something useful by helping them express themselves as songwriters..

A powerful memoir that says as much about Gauthier and her eventful, trailblazing life as it does about her music.

Karen "Trinn" Murray

Karen "Trinn" Murray

Trinn is a WWU Graduate of the Admin Certification Program from 2012, and received her M.Ed from Chaminade University in Honolulu. 
She is currently is an Assistant Principal in the Seattle Public Schools. Her oldest granddaughter is a sophomore at WWU, her youngest granddaughter turns one in July.

Daryn Vorderbruegge

I'm Daryn Pettersen, and I'm the Program Director for this event. Feel free to call me at (360) 650-3353 or via email at vorderd@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments. For disability accommodation, please contact me.