Book Launch for Allan Ament and ‘Learning to Float: Memoir of a Caregiver Husband’

Posted in Community News, Literary

February 4, 2015

Whidbey Island Author Allan Ament has released his literary debut, ‘Learning to Float: Memoir of a Caregiver Husband’, through Booktrope Publishing. Ament’s celebration and book launch will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland, WA, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.  This event is open to the public, and will include readings, signings, and music.

Through extemporaneous emails and journal entries, Ament portrays his transformation from criminal defense attorney to full-time caregiver for his wife, Deloris, after her debilitating stroke. Anyone in the throes of finding a “new normal,” as Ament puts it, can benefit from his insight, unflinching honesty, and even humor. ‘Learning to Float’ is a love story readers won’t soon forget.

Ever wonder what the man is thinking? ‘Learning to Float’ offers a male perspective—from an authentic, vulnerable, heartfelt, spiritual warrior. Allan Ament allows us into the marriage that was and the marriage that is, writing honestly about the love that bridges through his wife’s profound stroke. A story that will stay with me a long time.
—Christina Baldwin, author of Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story.

With insight, humor, and tenderness, Allan Ament’s Learning to Float offers a wealth of inspiration and guidance for all who care for those they love in times of change, challenge, or illness.
—Joel and Michelle Levey, pioneers in hospice and palliative care training, authors of Living in Balance

After successful careers as an attorney, higher education administrator and instructor, and day spa manager, Ament now enjoys retirement with his wife—herself an award-winning journalist and author— and their semi-neurotic cat (is there any other kind?). They live on an island in the Puget Sound, where, in addition to writing and caring for his wife, Ament serves as board chair for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts ( His work has previously appeared in academic, professional, and literary journals, and is included in an upcoming anthology, ‘Being: What Makes a Man’. This is his first book-length work.

Allan Ament is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and reading/signing events please contact or call 360-914- 0470 for scheduling.

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