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AUTHOR KIM Stafford will read at Klindt’s Booksellers at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 16, in The Dalles.

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Stafford rediscovers brother in prose

Writing helps author address tragedy; readings in Hood River and The Dalles May 16 Almost 25 years after author Kim Stafford lost his brother Bret to suicide, he realized his family had lost Bret a second time when they stopped talking about him in order to avoid the painful memories of his death. “I set out to write the story of how my brother disappeared — from the world, and from my family’s conversation — but by writing I find he begins to reappear as a rich dimension in my life,” Stafford wrote on the final page of “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.”

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