September 14, 2021 – Join The Community Library and Sun Valley Museum of Art for a conversation with Alan Pesky and Claudia Aulum, co-authors of the new book, “More to Life Than More: A Memoir of Misunderstanding, Loss, and Learning” (September 2021, Skyhorse). Pesky and Aulum will be in conversation with Jenny Emery Davidson, the Library’s executive director.
At the age of thirty, just as everything was falling into place for him, Lee Pesky died of brain cancer. For his father, Alan, grief came with the realization that he had lost the chance to love Lee as he was, not as he wanted him to be. Ambitious, successful, and always striving for more, Alan had a hard time relating to a son who struggled with learning disabilities at a time when there was little understanding or help for the kids who had them. Their relationship was complicated, and suddenly, Lee was gone.
After Lee’s death, Alan launched himself into keeping Lee’s memory alive by helping kids in a way he wasn’t able to help his son. It was too late to change his relationship with Lee, but he could create something positive and enduring from his loss: the Lee Pesky Learning Center, a non-profit in Idaho dedicated to understanding and helping children overcome obstacles to learning. In 25 years, the Center that bears his son’s name has helped more than 100,000 children and become a national force for early literacy.
“More To Life Than More” is Alan’s exploration of misunderstanding, loss, and learning. A memoir that will resonate with those who have lost a loved one, with anyone who has been impacted by learning challenges, and with parents who have struggled to understand a child.
Alan Pesky is the founder of Lee Pesky Learning Center, established in 1997 and actively engaged in training the next generation of practitioners in special education and boosting early childhood literacy in the state. Alan was also one of the founding partners of Scali, McCabe, Sloves, from which he retired as President and Chief Operating Officer in 1983. He and his wife Wendy are ardent supporters of education and humanitarian causes and were honored in 2005 as Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year in Idaho. Alan has served as a trustee of his alma maters, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Lafayette College.
Claudia Aulum is a first-generation American and graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her writing is informed by wide-ranging professional experiences, travel, and studies, as well as a love of language. Claudia’s work explores divisions and barriers that affect how we relate to one another — whether physical, invisible, or imagined. More To Life Than More is her first book. Claudia and her husband, Ralph, live in Ketchum, Idaho.