Bethel's Byrd's Books hosts CT author Elissa Altman as she shares new book, "Motherland," Oct 18th
After surviving a traumatic childhood in 1970s New York and young adulthood living in the shadow of her flamboyant mother, Rita, a makeup-addicted former television singer, Connecticut author Elissa Altman has managed to build a very different life, settling in Connecticut with her wife of nearly 20 years. On Friday, October 18th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, at Bethel's Byrd's Books, the author will share her story - to sustain a fragile mother-daughter bond, while navigating the turbulent waters of their shared lives and the practical challenges of caregiving for someone who refuses to accept it - as she celebrates the release of her new book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing.
Elissa will share the process and inspiration for her book over refreshments. The event is free to the public. To save a spot and pre-order a book, go to https://conta.cc/2l2HA6l Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, adjacent to The Toy Room and the nearby landmarked Opera House, across the street from the Bethel Public Library. What better way to discuss mothers than with a martini in hand!
Elissa Altman is the critically acclaimed author of 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. Her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing six times. 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, and Ireland's Literature and Larder program, and has appeared live on stage at TEDx and The Public, on Heritage Radio, and widely on NPR.
Byrd's Books is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. On-street parking lines Greenwood Avenue, and municipal parking is available at the Bethel Public Library across the street and at the "Old Train Station" which is where Broken Symmetry now resides. There are private lots nearby as well. For more information, visit byrdsbooks.indielite.org or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).