Three Chicago-area writers, Nancy Chadwick, Annette Gendler, and Tammy Letherer join us to discuss the challenges, rewards, and varied experiences of writing and publishing a memoir. Whether you are interested in embarking on writing a book or essay of your own, or are simply interested in the varied strategies and styles three writers to use to bring intensely personal experience to the page, this event is for you. There will be time after the panel for questions from the audience, and our authors will be happy to sign copies of their work. This event is free and open to the public.
Nancy Chadwick is the author of Under the Birch Tree: A Memoir of Discovering Connections and Finding Home. The Midwest Book Review calls her book, "An exploration of what it means to belong, Under the Birch Tree is a success story of finding home. Candidly engaging, Nancy Chadwick's memoir is an inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end." Nancy got her first job at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago. After ten years there, she couldn't get to where she wanted to be so she turned to the banking industry. Then, after another ten years, she realized she wasn't a banker--so she quit and started to write, finding inspiration from her years in Chicago and San Francisco. Her essay "I Called You a Memoir" appears in The Magic of Memoir, an anthology published by She Writes Press. She and her husband enjoy traveling, cooking fine dinners, and chasing their beagles in circles.
Annette Gendler is the author of Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir. The Jewish Book Council says, "Gendler skillfully integrates the history of her family, which she meticulously researched, with her own modern love story." Annette is a writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine, Bella Grace, and Artful Blogging, to name a few. She served as the 2014-2015 writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois. Born in New Jersey, she grew up in Munich, Germany, and lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.annettegendler.com.
Tammy Letherer is the author of The Buddha at My Table: How I Found Peace in Betrayal and Divorce. "Can you come sit at the table?" Tammy Letherer's husband of twelve years spoke these words on a Tuesday night, just before Christmas, after he had put their three children in bed. He had a piece of paper and two fingers of scotch in front of him. As he read from the list in his hand, his next words would shatter her world and destroy every assumption she'd ever made about love, friendship, and faithfulness. Tammy is a writing coach, blogger, and author of the novel Hello Loved Ones. She lives in Chicago with her three children and enjoys yoga, swing dancing, reading a good novel, Earl Grey tea, and spending time outdoors. Read her blogs about creativity, spirituality, and the writing life on the Huffington Post or visit her at TammyLetherer.com.
All three of our guests today are published by She Writes Press, a mission-driven and community-oriented publishing company founded to serve members of SheWrites, the largest global community of women writers online. For more information or to reserve signed copies of our guests work, please contact us at 847-446-8880, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A birch tree grows tall and arabesque in the front yard of Nancy Chadwick's childhood home. Over time the tree becomes her buddy and first learned connection, synonymous with home--and one spring morning, she makes a discovery under its boughs that foreshadows the many disconnections within her family, relationships, jobs, and home that are to come.
The true story of a German-Jewish love that overcame the burdens of the past.
Finalist for the 2017 Book of the Year Award by the Chicago Writers Association
"A book that is hard to put down."
Can you come sit at the table? Tammy Letherer's husband of twelve years spoke these words on a Tuesday night, just before Christmas, after he had put their three children in bed. He had a piece of paper and two fingers of scotch in front of him.