Columbus: “How To Write A Memoir Without Ruining Your Life" with Meredith Maran and Benilde Little
Please join us on Monday, April 3rd for “How To Write A Memoir Without Ruining Your Life", a discussion with Meredith Maran, author of The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention, and Benilde Little, author of Welcome to My Breakdown.
on The New Old Me:
“By turns poignant and funny…a spirited and moving memoir about how "it's never too late to try something new.” —Kirkus Reviews
“When Meredith Maran lost her best friend, her money, and her marriage to the woman of her dreams at age 60, she could have become a bitter, angry woman. Instead she made a new, vibrant life for herself in a new, vibrant city, with a new job, new friends, new lovers, and an old bungalow among the lime trees. The spirit, resilience, and hilarity on display in The New Old Me offers hope for living soulfully and zestfully no matter what life gives us—now, and at every age.” — Ayelet Waldman
“The New Old Me is a book I don’t just want to read – I need to read it. So does everyone else who’s getting older and wants to live fully, with immediacy and enjoyment, which is to say, everyone.” —Anne Lamott
"THE NEW OLD ME is funny, tough, sweet, and always charming." —Meg Wolitzer
"Meredith’s wrenching, redemptive journey is a heartfelt, wise meditation on the challenges women face today as we age, and the creativity with which we’re facing them."—Susan Orlean
on Welcome to My Breakdown:
"Welcome To MyBreakdown will put you face-to-face with the realitiesof personal pain. What Benilde shares is a heroic demonstration of how toturn depression and loss into a path back to self. Her willingness to beopen and authentic creates a healing prescription for us all. What ablessing!" – Iyanla Vanzant
"Benilde Little takes the fabric of suffering and weaves it into a raw, honest, and wonderful story of love and loss. Readers who have felt the depth of enduring sadness will see themselves in this deeply moving memoir." – Janet Taylor, MD, MPH
"When we face the fire and come out on the other side, we learn what it is we are called to do. Benilde has written so beautifully and eloquently about the soul-crushing experience of depression -- whether it is named or not. Throughout this defining journey, we see, hear, and feel deeply the signs of a despair that longs for light and relief. The healing is in us sharing our stories with one another... and knowing we are not alone." – Terrie M. Williams
Like a lot of women her age, Meredith Maran has a hard time believing she’s a woman of her age. And yet she’s published more than a dozen books, including The New Old Me, Why We Write About Ourselves, Why We Write, My Lie, and A Theory of Small Earthquakes. When she’s not hiking Mount Hollywood, attending readings at indie bookstores, or scouring Los Angeles’ finest thrift shops, she's writing for venues including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and Salon. The grateful recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a Silver Lake bungalow that’s even older than she is.
Benilde Little is the bestselling author of the novels Good Hair, The Itch, Acting Out, Who Does She Think She Is? and the memoir Welcome to My Breakdown. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and numerous anthologies