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Deborah Spungen, "Table for One: Essays from a Widow's Journey"


For accessibility reasons the event is being moved to the Weavers Way Coop board room, 555 Carpenter Lane, 2 doors down from the bookstore

Big Blue Marble welcomes author and activist Deborah Spungen and her new book Table for One. This essay collection explores Spungen’s difficult transition from being a partner in a loving relationship that lasted 54 years to being a widow, alone and searching for a new sense of self.  As the author of two titles that have been intimate portraits of the death of a loved one and the resulting grief, she’ll discuss to focus on how one goes about finding a "new normal" after a profound loss. 

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Born in Philadelphia, Deborah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958. She married Frank Spungen in 1956.

Deb has the reputation of being a tireless advocate for homicide victims. She founded Families of Murder Victims (FMV) and served as Executive Director from 1985 to 1993. In 1991 she helped develop and introduce the Student Anti-Violence Education Program (AVP). She assisted in the development of an umbrella organization, the Anti-Violence of Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) which was formed in 1961. She still serves on the board.

Spungen received her Master of Social Service and Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr School of Social Service in 1989.

She is also the author of two other books; “And I Don't Want to Live This Life” and a textbook “Homicide: The Hidden Victims”.

Deb belongs to an organization called The Transition Network (TTN) which is for women over 50 who are in transition and enjoys their many activities.   Her Interests include movies, reading, and cooking.

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