Photo by George Lauby
Faith Colburn at a recent signing at A to Z Books
Faith Colburn, a North Platte author of two memoirs, will speak at the next Brown Bag program at noon on Friday, Dec. 4 at the North Platte Public Library. Colburn plans to discuss writing a memoir with the audience, and will cover two areas; first, how to do the interviews, and second, sources of supportive material.
She promises to bring “a bunch of stuff along for a kind of show and tell” and use her books as examples of how methods can differ depending on the subject.
The program is free to the public, but reservations are requested at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to help the library plan seating.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Coffee and water will be provided.
As the first-born daughter of a big band singer and a Nebraska farmer, Faith A. Colburn spent a lot of a time with her grandmother, while her parents adjusted their differing lifestyles to married life.
With her grandma, she walked the prairies, learning about such plants as Spanish bayonet and buffalo beans, as well as animals such as mud puppies and jackrabbits.
As an adult, she became a public information officer for the state Game and Parks Commission, canoed the Dismal, rode the Sandhills on horseback following champion trial dogs, cross country skied the Missouri bluffs, seined carp, fixed nets, picked trout eggs and camped out along Bone Creek.
Colburn has photographed wildlife from Sandhill cranes to elk and, tramping the prairies, gained intimate knowledge of the landscape that often appears as a character or catalyst in her work.
She says her grandparents’ neighborhood and their families have served her well as a pattern for the way families and communities work when they work well.
When she writes about her memories, she attempts to imagine a future, however distant, that’s free of hate.
“We can’t create what we can’t imagine,” she says, “so I try to imagine an evolved world where we’ve learned to get along.”
Colburn earned a master of arts from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, winning the Outstanding Thesis Award in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities for her first memoir in 2012 and the Outstanding Work of Fiction Award in 2009.
She also holds a master of arts in journalism and a bachelor of arts in journalism and political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Ms. Colburn wrote a centennial history of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and numerous articles for Nebraskaland magazine. She has been recognized by the Nebraska Press Women for content she produced for a social ministry quarterly news magazine about people with developmental disabilities.