Houston Hospice is thrilled to welcome Gail Caldwell to her home state to speak at the 16th Annual Butterfly Luncheon on March 30, 2017.

Caldwell was born and raised in Amarillo, and although she's lived on the East Coast since 1981, the high plains of Texas serve as the backdrop for much of her writing. Caldwell moved east in the 1980s to teach feature writing at Boston University and eventually became the chief book critic for The Boston Globe where she was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

In 2006, she wrote A Strong West Wind: A Memoir and in 2010, Let's Take the Long Way Home Caldwell's third memoir, New Life, No Instructions, is a stunning story of her childhood bout with polio. Today Caldwell lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her Samoyed dog Tula.

On behalf of Luncheon Chair, Gaylon Cunningham, the community is warmly invited to attend the Butterfly Luncheon and hear Gail Caldwell, Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Houstonian Hotel located at 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX 77024. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available at www.houstonhospice.org or by calling 713-677-7123.

At the Butterfly Luncheon, Caldwell will also sign copies of her bestselling memoir, Let's Take the Long Way Home, about her friendship with author Caroline Knapp (Drinking a Love Story) who died seven weeks after a lung cancer diagnosis at age 42. Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion and courage in this gorgeous memoir about treasuring a best friend and coming of age in midlife. Let's Take the Long Way Home is a celebration of the profound transformations that come from intimate connection - and it affirms why Gail Caldwell is recognized as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices.

Proceeds from the luncheon help fund Houston Hospice operations and its Butterfly Program of pediatric hospice care. Through this program, children and their families are teamed with physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides and volunteers with expertise in children's care.

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Nonprofit Houston Hospice was founded in 1980 and has grown from an alternative, grass roots concept to a leader in hospice care for people of all ages and walks of life. Care is provided to patients and families in private homes and in residential facilities throughout Austin, Brazoria, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Jackson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton Counties. Inpatient care is provided through the Margaret Cullen Marshall Hospice Care Center located in the Texas Medical Center.