August 10, 2018

HPCG and Greensboro Public Library Launch Community Read of “The Bright Hour”

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(GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA)–The Greensboro Public Library and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG) have teamed up to launch a Community Read of “The Bright Hour,” the bestselling memoir by local writer, Nina Riggs.

To kick off the Community Read, they will hold the event “Reflections on ‘The Bright Hour’: A Conversation with John Duberstein” on Tuesday, August 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the library’s central branch at 219 N. Church Street.

John Duberstein, widower of the author and a local attorney, will share his candid reflections on the book—as well as his experiences with love, loss and renewal.

Participants at the event can also learn more about reserving a free book set of “The Bright Hour” for their book club, faith community, long-term care community and other group. Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro can provide trained facilitators to lead group discussions on the book as well as end-of-life issues.

Riggs’ memoir takes place largely in Greensboro, NC during her final years as she faced breast cancer. It was published posthumously in 2017 to critical acclaim and commercial success. She was just 37 years old when initially diagnosed with “one small spot.” Within a year, the mother of two young sons and a wife of 16 years, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal.

Nina Riggs

“We encourage book clubs and civic organizations to add this book to their reading list this fall,” said Beth Sheffield, adult programming coordinator for the Greensboro Public Library. “’The Bright Hour’ is a book about living and loving as much as it is about dying.”

For more information about this event or the Community Read, contact Tammy Chaput at 336.621.5565 or [email protected]  

About HPCG

HPCG, a nonprofit organization serving Guilford County and surrounding areas since 1980, is situated on a 14.75 acre campus at 2500 Summit Avenue. HPCG provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for children and adults faced with a life-limiting illness, as well as their caregivers and families. For more information, call 336.621.2500 or visit