"Memoir: Troubled Times" was one of my favorite at the LA Times Festival of Books this year (Panel 1044).
Freddy Negrete discussed his memoir Smile Now, Cry Later and his current career as a tatoo artist. His book reveals how he was recruited by an LA gang, sold drugs, and escaped that life.
Maggie Rowe's memoir is titled Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience. It's a brave story of growing up in a conservative Christian family where the fear of hellfire and damnation was drilled into her. As a young adult, she becomes so fearful that she spends time in a psychiatric ward. Today she is a stand-up comedian, actress, and screenplay writer.
Rob Roberge writes in his memoir Liar about being bipolar, using drugs, recovery, and lying his way out of situations.
Moderator of the panel was Samantha Dunn, with whom I took several memoir courses a few years ago. Since then she's married and now has an 8-year-old son.
I only bought one book from this session, much as I would have liked to buy all three. Of course, that book is Sin Bravely. I will review it for the Christian Feminism Today website, www.eewc.com.
I mentioned the website to Maggie, and she visited it. She like the article "Was Esther a Post-Colonial Feminist?" by Princess O'Nika Auguste. https://eewc.com/esther-post-colonial-feminist/