Art Access: Disability and Literature Book Group

Sep 30, 2015, 6:00 pm

The Art Access Disability and Literature Book Group will discuss Helen Thorpe's Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at the Westminster Center for Veteran and Military Services in Walker Hall on the Westminster College campus.

The Disability and Literature Book Group began in spring 2012 with the goal of investigating how and why people with disabilities have been depicted in classic literary texts and considering the historical, social, and cultural impact of these depictions. Since then, it has focused on disability issues in classic fiction, disability memoir, and contemporary texts, including those written by local authors.

Helen Thorpe is the author of Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War. Doris Kearns Goodwin said of this book: "With a novelist's perception of character, drama and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work." And O Magazine wrote: "Parenthood and roadside bombs, young love and PTSD--finally, a nuanced look at the lives of female soldiers that is as intimate as it is groundbreaking."

Previously, Helen Thorpe has written magazine stories for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Texas Monthly, Westword, and 5280. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Her first book, Just Like Us, was published by Scribner in 2009. It was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts adapted the book for the stage in 2013. Soldier Girls was published by Scribner in August 2014.

The Art Access Disability and Literature Book Group sessions meet, unless otherwise noted, at Art Access (230 South 500 West, Suite 110). Sessions are FREE and open to the public, but are limited to 18 registered participants in each session.

A few copies of each book are available from Art Access and may be borrowed for a limited time. Personal copies may also be purchased by participants or borrowed in print from local libraries. If you have questions about accessing texts, please contact Elise Butterfield at

PLEASE NOTE: This is a book discussion led by Susan Anderson and Art Access. The author will not be present for this discussion.

This event is made possible with support from Utah Humanities and Art Access.

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Event Contact:

Amanda Finlayson