Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: Priscila Uppal's literary feast

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As we head towards the gala on October 21, we'll be featuring entries from the jurors and shortlisted authors. Here we have Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother author Priscila Uppal's reading menu!

Uppal-Priscilla-70-70.jpgAppetizer (body): What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Main Course(mind): The Woman Who Changed Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Dessert (spirit): Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live by Ray Robertson

My theme is Health of Body, Mind, and Spirit: Starting with a memoir that waxes poetically upon the joys of running (and what the discipline of running teaches about the discipline of writing). This leads us nicely into the mind with the neuroscience research and personal journey book about brain plasticity, which has offered hope to many people with learning disabilities related to stimulus problems with certain brain areas. This leads us nicely into a book of fifteen essays, each dedicated to an aspect of the human experience that lifts the soul and makes life worth living, even blissful.