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Nothing Vanishes












Nothing Vanishes, Memoir of a Life Transformed by Karen Lauritzen

Sweet Woods Press
$12.00, paperback
November, 2012
Available through the publisher

Sweet Woods Press, a Brevard publisher, announces the publication of Nothing Vanishes, Memoir of a Life Transformed, a debut book by local resident Karen Lauritzen. Nothing Vanishes offers an intimate family history in which the searing question persists: Am I Enough? as the author reflects efforts to reshape her life against the backdrop of the natural world in Western North Carolina. Much of the book is about place. The setting in the native gardens and family cemetery the author has built on her property in Transylvania County works much like a character in the story. Lauritzen's property was originally part of the eighty-one acre William H. Grogan Farm, built in 1890, and is now a historic landmark.

Lauritzen writes short stories, poetry, and essays. Her work has been published in The Chrysalis Reader, WNC- Woman Magazine, Kaleidoscope Magazine: Exploring the Experience of Disability Through the Fine Arts and Women's Spaces, Women's Places, an anthology of women writers. One of the stories from Nothing Vanishes, “Seat 7F”, won an honorary mention in the 2010 Carpe Articulum Literary Awards.

The book may be purchased through Lauritzen's website: or by sending a check for $12.00 plus $3.99 shipping and handling to: Sweet Woods Press, PO Box 12, Brevard, NC 28712.

A book trailer is available on You Tube and shows Lauritzen reading the opening of her book on location in her family cemetery. The trailer is also embedded on her website.

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