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Marion Winik’s most recent memoir, Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living, chronicles Winik’s return to the dating world and her experiences along the way. Winik is the author of six previous nonfiction books, including The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and The Lunch-Box Chronicles, as well as two books of poetry. In a conversation with Lisa Lynne Lewis, Winik talks about the importance of storytelling, the birth of “momoir” and the influence of the Kardashians.
Kate Hopper is the author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and the recently published memoir Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and currently teaches classes at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and online in her Motherhood & Words workshops. Janine Kovac sat down with Kate to discuss her book, her writing workshops, and how to care for orchids.
In The Glass Wives, Nathan’s debut novel, Evie Glass finds her ex-husband’s new wife, Nicole, on her doorstep with packed bags and an infant son. This second Mrs. Glass has decided that the Glass wives should deal with their husband’s sudden death together: share a roof, some finances, and baby-sitting while the estate settles and the smoke of their lives clears.
In her second novel, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, Amy Shearn writes about love, identity, belonging, and the ways in which motherhood changes how we see ourselves in the world. Shearn’s protagonist, Jenny Lipkin, is the overwhelmed mother of two young children. When Jenny’s husband disappears after going out to buy cigarettes, Jenny is pushed to the edge, then pulled back by a spirit-mermaid.
In her most recent memoir, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment, Katrina Kenison writes of needing to re-find her purpose as she faces an empty nest, the shifting landscape of her marriage and the death of a close friend. She recently talked with Lisa Lynne Lewis about the process of shaping a narrative from real life, the vulnerability of writing memoir and the similarities between writing and practicing yoga.
Award-winning mystery writer Art Taylor has been “riding the rails” a lot these days, thanks to his toddler son’s fascination with trains, especially the miniature one in a park near their Virginia home, outside Washington, D.C. And while he is enjoying these first lazy days of summer, Taylor’s writing career is also taking off. His story, “When Duty Calls,” published in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, has been nominated for both a 2012 Agatha Award and a 2013 Derringer Award. Taylor has won the Derringer Award three times in a row (twice for Best Long Story, once for Best Novelette).