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Event date: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes local writers Nan Narboe, Susan Troccolo, and Paul Casey to read their pieces from the anthology Aging: An Apprenticeship, edited by Narboe.

These 56 thoughtfully selected essays offer an intimate and lyrical account of aging through the decades. Authors Judy Blume, Andrew McCarthy, Gloria Steinem, Donald Hall, David Shields, Ursula K. Le Guin and others draw from their own experiences, describing a specific decade's losses and gains to form a complex and unflinching portrait of the years from nearing fifty to ninety and beyond. In six sections, these detail-rich essays paint an accessible picture of nearing 50, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, the 90s and beyond with equal parts humor and insight.

Nan Narboe introduces the book with a piece on "Informed Aging." In her essay "Slaying St. George," Susan Troccolo writes about surviving cancer. In Paul Casey's "Katie Couric Is No Friend of Mine," a colonoscopy, not a red convertible, marks his initiation into mid-life.


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By Nan Narboe (Editor)
ISBN: 9780692753996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Notebook Press - April 4th, 2017

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes local writers Penelope Scambly Schott and Sage Cohen for readings and discussions on "Honest Writing about Tough Personal Stuff."

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a mother and daughter could really talk? Penelope Scambly Schott's Serpent Love: A Mother-Daughter Epic is an intimate, intense, and, yes, courageous exploration of a common story, conflict between mother and adult daughter. In this version, the mother’s attempt to help the newly-divorced daughter is definitely not a success. We get the mother’s story in poetry–well-meaning love and terrible anger–and then the daughter’s honest essay in response. Perhaps the writing–or the reading–makes the mending.

Veteran author and writing guide Sage Cohen presents Fierce on the Page. You have everything you need--and you are everything you need--to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Cohen believes that ferocity is your best compass for finding your true way forward. In this collection of contemplative and inspiring essays, you'll unlock the secrets to naming your deepest desires, eliminating the challenges that hold you back, and committing to your practice. Fierce on the Page is your trustworthy companion for crafting your best writing and your best life.

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ISBN: 9780692782545
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Published: Turnstone Books of Oregon - March 25th, 2017

Fierce on the Page: Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be and Succeed on Your Own Terms Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599639932
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - August 8th, 2016