SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting readers while speaking in a great diversity of local, national, and international venues. Your feedback and ideas give vitality and encouragement to a writer, whether it’s with audiences of 10 or 1500!

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For example, for faculty and students, I have keynoted events in universities, colleges, and seminaries, such as Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Claremont Graduate School of Religion, Stanford Women’s Club, New York University faculty, Pacific Lutheran University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University, Eastern Washington Women’s Studies, community colleges and more.

 

For civic and church organizations, I’ve enjoyed speaking at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C., AAUW, History Day National Convention, Phi Beta Kappa, YWCA, Rotary International, Federated Women of America, and at luncheons and retreats for various church denominations throughout the country. Speaking on “the silencing of family stories” at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and at the Check Point Charlie Foundation in Berlin introduced me to the complexities of memory and story-telling in post-war and reunification Germany.

 

I’ve gained a deep appreciation while speaking for the “keepers of the stories” in museums, historical societies, and public libraries and “Get Lit” festivals, from Spokane to New Jersey, and even the national library of Norway in Oslo.

 

Many friendships have emerged from events at bookstores throughout America, such as Vroman’s in Pasadena, Elliot Bay and Third Avenue Books in Seattle, Ruminator Books in Minneapolis, Auntie’s in Spokane,the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and book clubs from Washington to Connecticut.

 

After breaking my ankle with a compound fracture that confined me for almost a year, I withdrew from speaking engagements. This also gave me a chance to finish Pilgrimage through Loss, an eight-year project! I have just agreed to new speaking opportunities starting this fall.

 

If you are would like more information on my availability and potential topics, please contact my publicist, Kathie Bennett at Magic Time Literary Agency kathiebennett@msn.com.

 Watch A Short Example Here

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*Linda’s Photo DOWNLOAD for Press use.

 

 

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8,  2:00 p.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss Launch
Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 7:00 p.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss Presentation
Wenatchee Library, Wenatchee, WA

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 7:00 a.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss Presentation
Leavenworth Library
Leavenworth, WA

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 10 a.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss Book Signing
A Book for All Seasons Bookstore

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 7 p.m.

Bold Spirit Presentation
Sons of Norway Lodge, Coupeville, WA

 

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9,  5:00 p.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss Presentation
First Baptist Church:  Carreker Hall
Decater, Georgia

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Bold Spirit and Restless Fires Presentation: Wine and Cheese
First Conservation Event
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

2450 Milledge Ave

Athens, GA

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 12:30 p.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss Presentation
Foxtale Book Shoppe Coffee, Dessert and Presentation

105 E. Main Steet, #138

Woodstock, GA

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 6:30  p.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss presentation
Presbyterian Retirement Community

801 Musgrave Street

Clinton, South Carolina

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 10:00-12:00 a.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss
Book Club and Bible Study Hosts
St. Giles Presbyterian Church

1021 Hudson Road

Greenville, SC

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Hors d’ Oeurves and Presentation

The Breast Health Center Lobby:  Cancer Survivors
Gibbs Regional Cancer Center

101 E. Wood Street

Spartanburg, SC

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 12.-1p.m. Luncheon

Gibbs Auditorium: SRHS Staff
Gibbs Regional Cancer Center

Spartanburg, SC

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 5:30 p.m.

Dinner Fellowship, start of Weekend Retreat
Pilgrimage through Loss
Episcopal Church of the Advent and First Presbyterian Church

Spartanburg, SC

 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, March 15-16; MORNING AND AFTERNOON

Continued Retreat

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 10 a.m.

Adult Education:  Jim with Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf
Linda with Pilgrimage

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 6:30

Providence Methodist Church
Charlotte, North Carolina

 

MONDAY, MARCH 17, LUNCHEON

ALDERGATE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Pilgrimage through Loss

3860 Shamrock Drive

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, TIME?

VCOM EDWARD VIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Pilgrimage through Loss

350 Howard Street

Spartanburg, SC

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 3:00 p.m.

Pilgrimage through Loss
The Pines at Davidson

Davidson, North Carolina

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 7:15

Dean Rusk Department and Center for Civic Engagement
Student Union

Restless Fires

Davidson University

Davidson, North Carolina

 

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 12:00; 2:30

Luncheon and Presentation

Universidad Biblica Latinoamericano Seminary

San Jose, Costa Rica

 

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2:00

Seattle Launch and book Signing

Elliott Bay Books

 

Tuesday, May 20, 7:00

Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Tacoma, Washington

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 9;30-10;30

Spokane Community College

“Reboot Your Life” Conference

Keynote Address and Luncheon

Spokane, Washington

 

MAY 12, 7:30-9:00 a.m.; Follow-up May 28, 9:30-10:30

Five-State Webinar (Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana)

Providence Health Care Palliative Care Staff (Doctors, Nurses, Chaplains, etc.)

Power-point Webinar Presentation on Pilgrimage through Loss and conversation

 

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 7:30

Church of the Holy Nativity

Pilgrimage through Loss presentation

Greater Chicago area

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, JULY 11-13

National Compassionate Friends Conference
Workshop Leaders: Linda and Jim Hunt
 “Nurturing Hope in Nature”
Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel, Rosemont

Chicago, Illinois

 

WEEK LONG CONFERENCE: AUGUST 3-8

Chautauqua Institution
Writers in Residence Workshop Leaders
“Transformative Travel: A Wellspring for Growth”

Chautauqua, New York

 

JULY 21-23

Sage-ing International Conference

Workshop Leaders (Jim and Linda)

Pilgrimage through Loss;  July 22

Seattle, Washington

 

October 17, 7:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker, Evening Community Outreach program on Companionship

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Spokane, Washington

 

October 21, 11:00 Keynote and Luncheon

First Presbyterian Church

“The Art of Presence during Shipwreck Times”

Pilgrimage through Loss

Spokane, Washington

 

November 6, 6:00, Keynote Speaker

Coeur d’ Alene Women’s Gift Alliance Dinner

Women’s Philanthropic Community Fundraiser

Hayden Lake Country Club

Hayden Lake, Idaho

 

March 15:  9:30.

National Presbyterian Church, Washington D.C.

 

June 18-21, 2015

National Presbyterian Women’s Conference

Pilgrimage through Loss

Minneapolis, Minnesota



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About Linda
For everyone, life sometimes brings shipwreck moments.

Ours happened when four friends woke us one beautiful May dawn to break the news that our 25-year-old married daughter Krista had died 7000 miles away while volunteering in Bolivia. Our hearts shattered, much like the shards of her bus that plunged over a mountain cliff.
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Support for Parents

+ Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors On-line forum and website www.allianceofhope.org

+ American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) (Formerly Candlelighters Childhood Cancer) www.acco.org

+ Compassionate Friends www.compassionatefriends.org

+ First Candle: www.firstcandle.org Support for Stillborn and SIDS deaths

+ Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) www.catholiccharities.net/loss

+ MISS Foundation (also in Spanish) www.missfoundation.org On-line support groups : Infant & toddler death and advocacy

+Parents of Murdered Children www.pomc.com

+ TAPS: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors: www.taps.org 1-800-959 3277 for survivors of military deaths