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Saturday, October 28 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Memoir: Ties that Bind

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Three acclaimed memoirists tackle the subject of relationships: husbands, lovers, parents, children, love, and loss. And through it all, the project of finding oneself. Amy Dickinson, known for her advice column, “Ask Amy,” uses wry humor to chronicle her experiences with marriage, step-parenting, divorce, the loss of a parent, and finding love again in Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home. Melissa Febos’s new memoir, Abandon Me, is a follow-up to her first memoir, Whip Smart. In Abandon Me, Febos examines her history with addiction and recovery, her work as a dominatrix, and her origins as the child of two fathers: her birth father, a Native American, and the one who raised her, a sea captain. Bestselling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro turns her attention to her marriage in Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage. In this poignant memoir, Shapiro reflects on the shapeshifting nature of love in a marriage that survives the traumas of a child’s life-threatening illness, the loss of parents, and the more mundane but no less stressful day-to-day challenges of financial solvency and home repair. Our discussion  of the ties that bind and those that break will be led by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, author of Bending Toward the Sun: A Mother and Daughter Memoir about the generational reverberations of the Holocaust.  


Moderators
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Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a human rights lawyer, philanthropist, and writer. She has worked for the betterment of children in the Los Angeles area and around the world. She is the cochair of the Human Rights Watch’s Los Angeles Committee. She also is a founding board member, past president, and cochair elect of the Alliance for... Read More →

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Amy Dickinson

Columnist and author Amy Dickinson is better known by the title of her nationally syndicated Chicago Tribune column, “Ask Amy.” She has been the Tribune’s primary advice columnist since 2003. Before that, she wrote for Time magazine, contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered, and was a producer for NBC News. Since 2006, Dickinson has been a regular panelist on the NPR show Wait... Read More →
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Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos garnered attention with her critically acclaimed debut, Whip Smart (2011), a memoir recounting the four years she spent as a professional dominatrix in New York City. After earning her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, Febos began a career in academia. She has taught at Utica College and is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University and a part of the MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Her essays have been published in many journals and magazines, including Salon, the New York Times, Tin House, Granta, Kenyon Review, and the Rumpus. She has received essay prizes from Story Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and the Center for Women Writers, and has received a number of fellowships, including one from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She serves on the board of directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her latest... Read More →
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Dani Shapiro

Bestselling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro has made a career plumbing the depths of her own romantic and family relationships as well as those of her fictional characters. She has thoughtfully and fearlessly explored the many tragedies and triumphs of her own life in her memoirs, Slow Motion (1998) and Devotion (2010). She is the author of five novels exploring the complexities of love and family relationships: Playing with Fire (1992), Fugitive Blue (1992), Picturing the Wreck (1997), Family History (2004... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA