Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m.
In her astonishing and imaginative memoir, writer and compassion cultivation leader Lara Naughton brings startling poetry and multi-faceted insight to the trauma of violence and rape — and the power of empathy. Meet this remarkable author and hear her brave, thought-provoking story on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. Reading and Talk with Q &A and Signing to follow.
What happens when one incident changes your life, splitting it between before and after? On the fourth day of what Lara Naughton thought would be two weeks of bliss in Belize, she was kidnapped and assaulted by a man pretending to be a cabdriver. Held in the depths of the tropical forest—alone with the jaguar man—compassion was her only defense. Lara’s survival and journey of healing is poignant, compelling, and exceptional.
Bending the limits of reality, she uses myth to process her experience. As Lara seeks a new understanding of herself, her lyrical, haunting prose reveals a belief that there is room for compassion—for self and for others—even in the midst of violence.
“The Jaguar Man is written with the deft hand of a journalist and told with the grip of an old fashioned storyteller.” – James McBride, National Book Award-winning author of The Color of Water: The Good Lord Bird
Lara Naughton is a documentary author and playwright, including Never Fight a Shark in Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. She lives and teaches in New Orleans.