Claire Dederer + Ada Calhoun
Wednesday May 17: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
What happens when a happily married mother of two suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through an erotic reawakening? Claire Dederer's Love and Trouble: A Midlife Recokning finds her in just this predicament. Tracking between her present as a middle-aged mom in the grip of a unfamiliar hunger and her past as a teenager beset by hypersensitivity and longing, Dederer exposes herself and her life, capturing something universal about what is like to be a woman, a daughter, and a wife.
Claire will be joined in conversation by Ada Calhoun, bestselling author of St. Mark's is Dead, whose brand-new essay collection delves into the contradictions of marriage and its attendant joys, defeats, and complications. Finding yourself bored with your partner, beset by desire for people you didn't marry, and fed up with your spouse's mistakes--it's the stuff that doesn't make it into many cliches about marriage. In Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, based on one of the most-shared stories from the New York Times' Modern Love series, Calhoun turns over the stones that these cliches are built out of and examines what's underneath.
Don't miss this honest and searching conversation, moderated by Lit Hub's managing editor Emily Firetog, between two acclaimed writers at the top of their game, taking on the complexities and complications of love, sex, marriage, and more.
Buy a copy of Love and Trouble, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the store elevator or at 826 Broadway.
Claire Dederer is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses. Dederer is a long-time contributor to The New York Times. Her essays, criticism, and reviews have also appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, Vogue, Chicago Tribune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine, Yoga Journal, Newsday, Slate, Salon, and many other publications. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently Labor Day. Dederer began her career as the chief film critic for Seattle Weekly. She has taught at Hugo House, the University of Washington, and many residencies, workshops, and conferences. Dederer served as writer-in-residence in the MFA program at Old Dominion University, and has been awarded a residency at Hedgebrook, where she also taught the Master Class in memoir.
Ada Calhoun is the author of two books published by W.W. Norton & Co.: the New York history St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (2015) and the marriage memoir Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give (2017). She has also collaborated on a dozen other books for major publishers, including several New York Times bestsellers. \As a journalist, Calhoun has freelanced for newspapers and magazines since 1998, at times serving as a crime reporter for the New York Post, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a theater critic for New York magazine. Her national news reporting has won multiple awards: a 2015 USC-Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship, a 2014 Kiplinger fellowship, a 2013 CCF Media Award (for her New York Times Magazine reporting in Alabama), and a 2014 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship; one of her Patterson stories won the 2015 Croly Award. She has written for Time, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, Billboard, O, NewYorker.com (including three “Page-Turner” columns), Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and several sections of the New York Times—including two op-eds, three Modern Loves, and four Lives columns.