A memoir by Professor Mary Collins and her son Donald has garnered several accolades since it was published in 2017, including the 2018 Best Memoir of the Year award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale. Among the book’s latest honors is a 2020 Gracie Award won by Connecticut Public Radio for an interview with the Collinses last May on “Where We Live.”
Mary and Donald’s memoir, “At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces,” is a series of essays the Collinses wrote as they processed Donald’s decision to make a gender transition. The book explores the complex issues the two faced as Donald transitioned during his teen and college years. In alternating chapters, mother and son express their conflicts, struggles, fears, and evolving understanding of one other.
The Gracie Awards are presented annually by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Named after actress and radio host Gracie Allen, the awards recognize exemplary programming created by, for, and about women in radio, television, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local, and student markets. Connecticut Public Radio’s interview with the Collinses won the award in the Talk Show Radio – Non-Commercial Local category.