SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A sculpture has been crafted to memorialize Sacramento author Joan Didion's life.
Although in the design phase, nationally renowned sculptor Lisa Reinertson will be hosting a design presentation of the sculpture Tuesday night. Reinertson will also be presenting an overview of her previous ceramic and public artworks.
On December 23, 2021, Joan Didion passed away at the age of 87 from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
Didion picked up a love of reading and writing at a young age, which was extremely helpful in her professional and personal life. She graduated from McClatchy High School and attended Sacramento City College before attending University of California, Berkeley and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She also went to Manhattan to pursue a career at Vogue Magazine.
After writing for Vogue Magazine for seven years, Didion got homesick and decided to write her first novel, "Run, River," about the dynamics of a family in Sacramento.
After writing her first novel, she continued to write more and more, publishing nonfiction books and essays. One book that had the heaviest impact was "The Year of Magical Thinking," which was a direct response to the death of her husband and their daughter's illness. The illness later caused their daughter to pass away.
Throughout her works, Didion was a personal writer. She always incorporated Sacramento or other local cities and would often add her own emotions and memories to make the story hers.
Now, Didion is getting a life-sized statue sculpted in dedication to her life and her life story. The sculpture will capture Didion seated with a pen with her arms folded.
The installation of the life-sized sculpture at Sacramento Central Library will happen later this year.
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