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Meredith Leigh for "The Music of the Soul Lives On"

Join SubText Books on Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Meredith Leigh. Leigh will read and discuss "The Music of the Soul Lives On," the posthumous collection of Henry Mackaman's short stories, poems, and lyrics. 

Most of the biographies that sit on people's shelves are about famous people who have achieved great things. Henry Mackaman's family is convinced that had he not died at 21, he also would have left his mark on the world. In "The Music of the Soul Lives On," Mackaman's creative journey, starting at age 9, is told in an anthology that uses the theme of his campus DJ show to narrate his remarkable journey and many meaningful friendships. 

The St. Paul Central High School graduate died in April 2013 after contracting bacterial meningitis, a rare, but often deadly disease, at college. Henry was a third-year student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was pursuing a double major in Economics and English. One month after his death at their commencement ceremony, the University awarded him a posthumous degree, waiving the one credit he was short.

After losing her son, Henry’s mother, Meredith Leigh, became an advocate for bacterial meningitis awareness. She helped the National Meningitis Association to raise awareness about a new vaccine approved in 2015. The primary goal of the book is to celebrate Henry’s life. “It’s about how he lived an extraordinary life, and how he keeps on living in us and his seven organ recipients,” said Leigh, who has become good friends with Prof. Walt Goodman, Henry’s heart recipient.

Henry was a writer, a DJ at WSUM Madison, and a guitarist in Phantom Vibration. "The Music of the Soul Lives On" features over 300 pages of his work, including 17 poems, 3 screenplays, 12 short stories and more. Henry’s family hopes this collection will inspire readers to create, love, and live their life to the fullest.

About Henry Mackaman:
Henry Mackaman may be gone, but he will forever live on in the hearts of his friends and family, the seven people who received his organs, and the people who read "The Music of the Soul Lives On: A Henry Mackaman Experience," a posthumous collection of the short stories, poetry, and lyrics of Henry Mackaman, published alongside the subsequent art he inspired. Henry died suddenly in April 2013 at the age of 21 after contracting bacterial meningitis.

About Meredith Leigh:
Meredith Leigh is Henry Mackaman's mother.  She has become an advocate for raising awareness about bacterial meningitis and the vaccines to prevent it.  She is also involved in promoting organ donation and has dedicated herself to keeping Henry's memory alive.  "I am so proud and amazed by all of Henry's accomplishments- athletic, musical and academic- and now after his death, I can see how he inspired countless people.  He truly lives on in all of us."

About David Strand:
David Strand is Henry Mackaman’s grandfather and biggest fan. Shortly after his grandson’s death, he led the charge to create a book that would memorialize the young man. “Henry is my North Star. Knowing him inspires me to strive to become a better person."

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