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BK: Megan Stielstra presents THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE in conversation with Ashley Ford

    09/13/2017 - 7:00pm

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn location. 

    From an important new American writer comes this powerful collection of personal essays on fear, creativity, art, faith, academia, the Internet, and justice.

    In this poignant and inciting collection of literary essays, Megan Stielstra tells stories to ward off fears both personal and universal as she grapples toward a better way to live. In her titular piece “The Wrong Way To Save Your Life,” she answers the question of what has value in our lives—a question no longer rhetorical when the apartment above her family’s goes up in flames. “Here is My Heart” sheds light on Megan’s close relationship with her father, whose continued insistence on climbing mountains despite a series of heart attacks leads the author to dissect deer hearts in a poetic attempt to interrogate her own feelings about mortality. 

    Whether she's imagining the implications of open-carry laws on college campuses, recounting the story of going underwater on the mortgage of her first home, or revealing the unexpected pains and joys of marriage and motherhood, Stielstra's work informs, impels, enlightens, and embraces us all. The result is something beautiful—this story, her courage, and, potentially, our own.

    Intellectually fierce and viscerally intimate, Megan Stielstra's voice is witty, wise, warm, and above all, achingly human.

    Megan Stielstra is the author of the essay collection Once I Was Cool, a Best of 2014 selection at Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and Salon, and a short story collection, Everyone Remain Calm. Her work appears in The Best American Essays, New York Times, Poets & Writers, Guernica, The Rumpus, Joyland, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with 2nd Story in Chicago, she tells stories for all sorts of theaters, festivals, and bars (many, many bars) including the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Neo-Futurarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, and regularly with The Paper Machete live news magazine at The Green Mill, as well as Chicago Public Radio, National Public Radio, and Radio National Australia. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern 

    Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She is (mostly) a writer, editor, and public speaker. She is currently writing a memoir, and working as a senior features writer at Refinery29.  Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, and various other web and print publications. She's spoken at SXSW, Earlham College, Hippocamp Nonfiction Writing Conference, and various other events and universities. She also taught writing at The New School and Catapult.Co.

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    The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780062429209
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Harper Perennial - August 1st, 2017

    From an important new American writer comes this powerful collection of personal essays on fear, creativity, art, faith, academia, the Internet, and justice.