“The Memory Weaver” follows the journey of Eliza Spalding Warren, who was taken hostage as a child by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847 at the Whitman Mission near present-day Walla Walla. Now, as a mother of two, Eliza is forced to return to the land of her captivity as her husband wishes to make a new start in another territory.
Kirkpatrick will discuss the loss and betrayal embodied in the lives of Eliza, her missionary parents and her husband on Sunday at the Spalding Visitor Center of the Nez Perce National Historical Park. The presentation will be followed by a book signing.
Kirkpatrick will also speak and sign books Saturday in Clarkston.
Kirkpatrick said her familiarity with the Spalding story was limited, but her research led her to some details she is excited to share with readers.
“The research is one of my favorite parts of the writing process,” Kirkpatrick said. “Eliza’s trip going east from west and her story of survival is something I wanted to explore, and I think it’s something readers want to explore, too.”
Kirkpatrick said there are elements readers will be able to relate to, whether or not they’re familiar with the story.
“I hope this book gives readers permission to revisit a memory or experience they might regret,” Kirkpatrick said. “I want the readers to allow themselves to be more forgiving after reading Eliza’s story and living through her journey.”
If you go
What: Jane Kirkpatrick presents “The Memory Weaver”
When and Where:
• 2-4 p.m. signing at And Books Too, 918 Sixth St., Clarkston
• 6 p.m. presentation at the Asotin County Library, Clarkston
• 1 p.m., Spalding Visitor Center, 39065 U.S. Highway 95, Nezperce National Historical Park