Motherhood & Words

Well, it’s here, launch day. I have spent the morning curled in the blue chair in our living room, reading through the passages I’ve picked to read tonight the Loft. I laughed a little and cried a little. Hopefully I’ll hold it together tonight. We’ll see.

Please come down and celebrate with me if you are here in town, if you can sneak away. The Pellegrino and the white wine are chilling in my refrigerator. The red is stacked in cases. Plates and cups and napkins have been purchased. Appetizers will be picked up later today. Friends will deliver sweet and savory treats tonight. It’s going to be a party, people, so come on down and join me.

7 pm – Loft Literary Center, Open Book

1011 Washington Avenue South – Minneapolis

And Magers & Quinn Booksellers will be there selling books, of course!


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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. Lisbeth Thom on October 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    So excited for you. Have a wonderful evening. Wish I could be there.

    • Kate on October 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you, Lisbeth! Me too! I hope all is well!

  2. Sara on October 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I’ll be there in spirit. Cheers!

    • Kate on October 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you, Sara! I wish you could be here. But I know we will meet in person at some point!

  3. Michelle Janssens Keller on October 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Your book is captivating and honest and just so wonderful. The voice, the pacing, the images…I couldn’t put it down!

    Have an electrifying launch! We wish we coud be there, but will toast you with prosecco from Michigan instead!

    • Kate on October 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Oh Michelle, thank you so much!! That means a ton to me. And I WISH you guys could be here, too. Come back!! xox

  4. Gillian Marchenko on October 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations! Enjoy tonight!!

  5. Andrea on October 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Hurrah! Wish I could be there!

  6. Trista Hendren on October 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Congratulations!!! Sounds like a wonderful launch for an amazing book!

    • Kate on October 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much, Trista!