SOLD OUT: Laura McKowen: We Are the Luckiest (w/ Elissa Altman)
Tuesday January 21: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
This event is sold out. The event will take place on the second floor in the Photography section at the Strand's main store, located at 828 Broadway (at 12th Street).
Can't make it to the event? You can pre-order a signed copy of We Are the Luckiest here.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
What could possibly be “lucky” about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees. As she puts it, she “kicked and screamed . . . wishing for something — anything — else” to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky.
But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.”
Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of AA, and other people’s drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of sobriety, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating shame.
Join us in the 2nd floor Art Department for an honest discussion about life and recovery with Laura McKowen and fellow writer Elissa Altman.
Laura McKowen is the author of We Are the Luckiest. She is a former public relations executive who has become recognized as a fresh voice in the recovery movement. Beloved for her soulful and irreverent writing, she now leads sold-out yoga-based retreats and courses that teach people how to say yes to a bigger life. She hosted the iTunes Top 100 podcast HOME, with over 1.5 million downloads. and has been featured on the Today Show, in The Guardian, WebMD, New York Post, and more. Visit her online at http://www.lauramckowen.com.
Elissa Altman is the author of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name, and Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tin House, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, LitHub, Saveur, and The Washington Post, where her column, Feeding My Mother, ran for a year. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Altman has taught the craft of memoir at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Loft Literary Center, 1440 Multiversity, Ireland's Literature and Larder Program, and she has appeared live on stage at TEDx and The Public, on Heritage Radio, and on NPR.