Anne-Marie Oomen Author Visit in Ludington

Visit Ludington Library for “[t]he story of one daughter’s journey to her mother’s heart.”

Anne-Marie Oomen

Ludington Writers will host a talk with award-winning poet, playwright, memoirist, and teacher Anne-Marie Oomen, author of As Long as I Know You: The Mom Book, on November 3 in Ludington Library’s West Shore Bank Room. The event will begin at 7:30pm with an overview of the book’s creation process, and a reading. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy the book.

The work’s publisher, University of Georgia Press, writes,

“As Long as I Know You narrates Oomen’s journey to finally knowing her mother as well as the heartbreaking loss of her mother’s immense capacities. It explores how humor and compassion grow belatedly between a mother and daughter who don’t much like each other. It’s a personal map to find a mother who may have been there all along, then losing her again in the time of COVID. As the millions of women like Oomen’s mother reach their elder years and become the ‘oldest of the old,’ their millions of daughters (and sometimes sons) must come on board, involved in care they may welcome the way they’d welcome hitting a pothole the size of a semi. How a family makes decisions about that pothole, how care continues or does not, how possessions are addressed—really, no one wants the crockpot—and how the relationship shifts and evolves (or not), that story is universal.”

As Long as I Know You is a winner of the Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Non-Fiction. Oomen is a poetry and nonfiction instructor at Solstice MFA at Lasell University and Interlochen College of Creative Arts. She and her husband, David Early, live in their handmade house near Traverse City, Michigan. Visit her at

Ludington Writers will provide refreshments for this local author visit. All programs and events at the library are free.

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