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Elisa Cooper

MANCHESTER >> On Friday. June 10, at 7 p.m., author Elisa Cooper will present his new book "Falling; A Father, a Daughter, and a Journey Back."

The award-winning children's book author Elisha Cooper confronts a new world when faced with his daughter's illness in this frank, moving, and beautiful memoir.

Elisha Cooper spends his mornings writing and illustrating children's books, his afternoons playing with his two daughters. The phrase he hates most is "throw like a girl," so he teaches them to climb trees and play ball. But when he discovers a lump in five-year- old Zoe's midsection as she sits on his lap at a Chicago Cubs game, everything changes. Surgery, sleepless nights, treatments, a drumbeat of worry. Even as the family moves to New York and Zoe starts kindergarten, they must navigate a new normal: school and soccer games and hot chocolates in cafes regularly interrupted by anxious visits to the hospital. Elisha is forced to balance his desire to be a protective parent even as he encourages his girls to take risks against the increasing helplessness he feels for his child's well-being, and his own.


With the observant eye of an artist and remarkable humor, Elisha writes about what it took for him and his wife to preserve a sense of normalcy and joy in their daughters' lives; how the family emerged from this

experience profoundly changed, but healed and whole; how we are all transformed by the fear and hope we feel for those we love.

Saturday, June 11 – 7 p.m.

Join for a special evening of chamber music from a group of talented musicians from Kinhaven Music School. The artists are students in Kinhaven's new Young Artist Seminar. The program, open to college and pre-professional students, is devoted to the intensive study and performance of chamber works and is committed to the highest artistic and educational standards. Its mission is squarely in line with Kinhaven's core values of shared learning, mutual support, friendship, and community.

Kinhaven Music School, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in the hills of Weston. Founded by visionaries David and Dorothy Dushkin in the 1950s, Kinhaven offers six programs during the course of the summer. For more information, including summer concert schedules, visit