Motherhood & Words

4th Annual Mother Words Reading

I am thrilled to announce that authors Hope Edelman and Bonnie J. Rough will be joining me in Minneapolis for the 2010 Mother Words Reading!

Thursday, October 7 – 7 pm
The Loft Literary Center
Open Book, Minneapolis

Hope Edelman is the author of five nonfiction books: the international bestseller Motherless Daughters (1994), which was translated into seven languages; Letters from Motherless Daughters (1995), an edited collection of letters from readers; Mother of My Mother (1999), which looks at the depth and influence of the grandmother-granddaughter relationship; Motherless Mothers (2006), about the experience of being a mother when you don’t have one; and The Possibility of Everything (2009), her first book-length memoir, set in Topanga Canyon, California, and Belize. (I interviewed Hope about The Possibility of Everything here at Mother Words in January.)

Bonnie J. Rough is the author of the new memoir Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (2010). Her writing has appeared in several anthologies and many periodicals, including The New York Times, The Sun, and The Iowa Review. A former Minneapolis resident, Rough has taught at The Loft Literary Center. (You can read my recent interview with Bonnie here.)

I think it’s going to be a wonderful event. It’s free and open to the public, so mark your calendars and plan on bringing your friends!

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Leightongirl on July 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    That is fantastic! Way to go, Kate!

  2. Rhena on July 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Is it already getting to be that time of year? I'm not looking forward to summer ending, but I am looking forward to the MW reading! xo

  3. cath c on July 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    great! i just picked up 'the possibility of everything' to read at some point this summer.

    enjoy the reading!

  4. Pia on July 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I have marked my calendar…