Kate Carroll de Gutes & Brenda Miller, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best & Worst Year of My Life and An Earlier Life - Dual Reading!

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:00pm

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Join us in the readings gallery for this dual event by two of our favorite memoirists. 

In 2012, Kate Carroll de Gutes found herself at a rest stop "ruined with anxiety. And when I say ruined, I mean in a car, in hundred-degree weather, with all the windows rolled up, sobbing and crouched in the passenger's seat rocking and waiting for the Ativan to take effect. I posted on Facebook, 'Hello, Redding. Dear gods yer hot.' A funny post that let my family and friends know where I was, but not how I was." De Gutes didn't yet understand how insidious social media had become--with pictures of risotto and bike rides, images of nights at the theater--all of it curated to show a wonderful life, regardless of what was really occurring. But when her editor, her best friend, and her mother all died within ten months of each other, de Gutes could no longer keep up the charade. She began The Authenticity Experiment as a 30-day challenge, wondering if she could be more honest about her days. She used social media as her new back fence, a place where she could stand and talk to her "neighbors" about the good and bad. The essays resonated with a wide audience, so de Gutes kept writing, chronicling the dark and the light, and putting it out there for everyone to see.

Kate Carroll de Gutes’ book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Memoir. Kate has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Anderson Center, Artsmith, and Centrum. An authentic and humorous teacher, Kate has taught at Pacific Lutheran University, University of Idaho, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette University, as well as at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference. She teaches on-going classes at the Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Whether traveling from synagogue to sweat lodge, from the Arizona desert to a communal hot springs in California, in her latest book Brenda Miller navigates the expectations placed on young girls and women at every turn. She finds guidance in her four major creeds (Judaism, Home Improvement, the Grateful Dead, and Rescue Dogs), while charting a course toward an authentic life. “Brenda Miller writes with such extraordinary grace and intimacy that, despite our weariness and fears, we find ourselves falling in love with the world all over again.” —Kim Barnes

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

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The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best & Worst Year of My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998631417
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Published: Two Sylvias Press - August 1st, 2017

An Earlier Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940906010
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Published: Ovenbird Books - March 18th, 2015