We hold on to stories


Kim Fairley's new book about her age gap marriage wrestles with secrets from the past.

“You were a preservationist, and I needed preserving,” Fairley's husband liked to joke.  He was thirty-two years older and struggling to cope with the tragic death of his son, Ben, who was fourteen.

Fairley wrestles with the impact of her husband's grief in her new memoir, Shooting Out the Lights.

". . . the author’s writing is evocative, and her story is both unique and intriguing. . . difficult to put down.

A captivating family account that delivers compelling, acutely observant writing."

--Kirkus Reviews


Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition is an exquisite collection of Arctic images taken in 1901 in the Thule region of northwestern Greenland by Fairley's great grandfather, Clarence Wyckoff, and his friend, Louis Bement.


Fairley grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended the University of Southern California and holds an MFA in Mixed Media from the University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


See Kim Fairley's recent interview in Authority Magazine

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