Goddard welcomes Sarah Cannon back to celebrate her new memoir, The Shame of Losing.

“In The Shame of Losing, Sarah Cannon captures the roller coaster from heartbreak to hope; from despondence to renewal, that she and her family have been riding since everything changed. This is a book about the brutal realities of a traumatic brain injury, but it is also about a young mother trying to save her own life. Honest, poetic, stark and stunning: a debut memoir that you will never forget.”
— Ann Hedreen, author of Her Beautiful Brain

“Sarah Cannon’s memoir navigates trauma’s juggernaut in a way so compelling the reader witnesses the opening catastrophe through the lens of her experience. The sense of attunement to her journey continues throughout the aftermath of the initial crisis. Over time, Sarah comes to know herself in the context of her profoundly altered life. With fierce unflinching grist, she faces the unrelenting learning her struggle demands and emerges with discerning clarity. Her courage is palpable and inspires. ”

— Joan Fiset, author of Namesake

““This is an unforgettable story of a “full-time witness” to trauma and its aftershocks. With refreshing candor and a brilliant sense of humor, Sarah takes us through the maze of caring for a loved one who has suffered a traumatic brain injury and reckons deeply with what her own recovery should look like. This book will stay with me for a long time.””

— Leigh Stein, author or Land of Enchantment

Sarah Cannon was born in Seattle and raised in Seattle’s north-end neighborhoods. Her writing appears in the New York Times, Salon.com, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Brainline.org, and Bitch Magazine, among others.

Sarah has been active as a community education writing instructor at places in the Seattle area like Verdant Health and Edmonds Community College. She was a scholarship recipient at the inaugural Quest Writers’ Conference in 2015 (Squamish, B.C.), as well as at BinderConLA in 2017. Sarah holds an MFA from Goddard College, where she received the Spirit of Goddard award and for whom she later helped launch the Lighthouse Writers’ Conference and Retreat in Port Townsend, WA.

Sarah lives with her family in Edmonds, WA, near Seattle, where she works as a technical editor and (when there’s time) a book coach.

Learn more about Sarah Cannon here: https://cannonsarah.com

Event Details: Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 7:00 pm – Reading Room, Goddard College Fort Warden State Park campus, Port Townsend, WA.