Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grief, Longing, Gratitude~Pop-up Book Groups for Mother's Day

What's the most meaningful gift your mother ever gave you - the one that opens the door to your rich, complicated relationship with her? 

When I asked 30 amazing women this question - including many writers whose work you know well - What My Mother Gave Me was the answer. The collection was an instant hit and a New York Times Bestseller when it came out two years ago, and it's still going strong. Among the contributors: Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gordon, Katha Pollitt, Maud Newton, Rita Dove, Karen Karbo, Eleanor Lipman, Dahlia Lithwick, Sheila KohlerCaroline Leavitt, Roxana Robinson, and pastor and writer Lillian Daniel

In honor of Mother's Day - May 10th - Book the Writer has arranged two pop-up book groups - one in Manhattan, one in Princeton - to discuss the book and talk to the editor (me) and several contributors at these events.  Book the Writer brings authors to homes to talk in intimate settings to book groups.  Space is limited. Scroll down to reserve now. 


On Monday April 27th, from 7.30 to 9.30, I'll be in an apartment in NYC, with contributors Elinor Lipman, Sheila Kohler, and BOOK THE WRITER founder, Jean Hanff Korelitz. For reservations and ticket information (reservation and fee are necessary):

On Saturday May 9, from 3.00 to 5.00, I'll be at Gratitude Yoga on Witherspoon Street in Princeton, with Jean Korelitz, and a surprise guest or two. For reservations and ticket information (reservation and fee necessary):

"Each essay is beautifully crafted, and editor Benedict provides the perfect balance of emotions. For anyone trying to understand mother-daughter relationships, this collection provides the answer." —Publishers Weekly
“Original tributes by celebrated novelists, poets and journalists detail the regard in which the writers hold their mothers or their memory of their mothers even as they contemplate complex parent/child relationships in retrospect.” —Louisville Courier-Journal

"The complexity and soul-deep connection of the mother-daughter bond is vividly explored in this emotionally eloquent collection of essays." —Family Circle

"Longing, grief and hard-won forgiveness pervade this essay collection by a stellar group of writers as they take stock of the gifts, visible and invisible, their mothers left behind."—MORE Magazine

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