Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

  • 04 Dec 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church: 201 South 21st Street

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Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 2pm  

Penn’s Village is delighted to offer a presentation by Lorene Cary an American author, educator, and social activist (and Penn’s Village member).

Lorene Cary cherished memories from childhood of weekends spent with her indulgent Nana. Later, as Nana became a frail centenarian, Lorene and her family are tasked with a year of “ladysitting”. Lorene journeys through stories of their time together and five generations of their African American family. Brilliantly weaving a narrative of her complicated yet transformative relationship with Nana—a fierce, stubborn, and independent woman—Cary captures the ruptures, love, and, perhaps, forgiveness that can occur in family as she bears witness to her grandmother’s 101 vibrant years of life.

It’s a moving, sometimes funny, journey through secrets, lies, and epiphanies, one that millions of families make each year, as they struggle together to share life--and face death.

Lorene Cary is author of the memoir Black Ice, three novels, and one book for young readers. She founded Art Sanctuary and, teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, and has written a one-act opera of Ladysitting. The New York Times recently published her opinion piece about caring for caregivers. AlsoLorene Cary’s play, My General Tubman will be premiering at the Arden in January.


MacColl Room on the 2nd Floor of the First Presbyterian Church: 201 South 21st StreetPhiladelphia, PA  19103. The entrance is on 21st Street. There is an elevator for handicapped accessibility. Please let us know in advance if this is needed.

You are invited to arrive 15 minutes early and chat with your fellow Penn’s Village members and guests.


Email or call 215-925-7333. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation to make room for others.

This program is free of charge to our members, volunteers and donors.  Guests are welcome to attend up to three programs before being required to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village. If you attend as a guest, there is a $10 fee for each program.

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