Santa Barbara Village is pleased to host local author Lisl Auf der Heide for a book signing and poetry reading from You Sent Me a Blue Butterfly, her recently published book of inspirational poems of mourning dedicated to her artist husband. She will also engage the audience in a Q&A period following the reading.


by Local Author Lisl Auf der Heide

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 / 3:00-4:00pm

@ The Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center

524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara

This event is FREE and open to the public

One reviewer of her book has written: “People must die, but Mrs. Auf der Heide’s poems prove that love doesn’t. In this moving collection, she recounts the slow dying of her husband and the months that follow, when, as she asks: ‘How do I learn to walk alone / when every flower yearns / to be shared?'”

Another reviewer shared that, “When our son died, Lisl’s book, When a Child Dies was the only book on the market that dealt with the pain and recovery we were experiencing. Now that we are reaching the stage in life where one of us will lose a spouse, we are comforted to know that Lisl not only “has been there”, but has shared herself again for us, this time in You Sent Me a Blue Butterfly. I love hearing Lisl read her poems, but second best is having them on the page. She is an amazing author and her poems go right to the heart. I cry and find strength in her words.”

You Sent Me a Blue Butterfly is the most recent of Lisl Auf der Heide’s published works. She is also the author of Child of the Universe (2006), Morning Glories Out of Stone: Poems (1990), and When a Child Dies: Poems of Grief, of Solace and of Hope (1986).

The event will include a book signing by the author, with copies of You Sent Me A Blue Butterfly available for purchase.

RSVPs appreciated: or (805) 729-5038.

Parking: Limited parking available on site, or the City’s Paseo Nuevo Mall public parking lot is nearby.


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