Viki Noe has been coming to Metropolis since we opened our doors. Her daughter, a former student at Sacred Heart Academy, was the first of our “featured artists” at the Café. Needless to say, Viki is a friendly, familiar face to us – one of our “regulars,” who we look forward to seeing. We’re happy to announce that this Thursday, 5/16, Viki will be having a book signing at the Café. It’s an important series that she’s started writing while sipping tea at the coffeehouse.
In 2006, Viki and her friend Delle were relaxing at Metropolis after dropping their daughters off at Sacred Heart. Delle was in remission from ovarian cancer at the time. Over tea, Viki told Delle that she had an idea for a book, about people grieving the death of a friend. Viki had never written a book before, but Delle was very excited by the idea and encouraged Viki to pursue the writing project. Viki promised her friend that she’d work on the project.
Delle died that November. Viki knew she wanted to keep her promise to write, but, at first, she just couldn’t do it. Then, about 4 years ago, Viki literally woke up one morning with the book all there in her mind. She went to work.
The first book in the series of six, Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives a Damn, was released this last March. It is dedicated to Delle. The second book, Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends, grew from an article Viki wrote for Windy City Times about her work in the AIDS community in the late 80s/early 90s and was just recently released.
Viki feels like she’s still keeping her promise to Delle. She is continuing to research and write the remaining four books in the series. She does a lot of her work at Metropolis, despite it being out of the way, now that her daughter has graduated from Sacred Heart. For Viki, Metropolis provides a supportive community, good tea, and “killer cupcakes” from Maddiebird Bakery, all conducive to her creative process. We’re proud to be a part of that process; for us, that’s what a coffeehouse is all about.
On Thursday, Viki will be at the Cafe signing the first two books in the series. Because of the connection of Viki’s work and Metropolis, she felt that “there was no other place more appropriate” to do the signing. Stop by at 6:30 Thursday, May 16, to meet our friend Viki and pick up one of these very special books.